File contains a photograph of Douglas Clarke (Dean of the Faculty of Music at McGill University from 1930 to 1955), Ellen Ballon, Frank Cyril James (Principal and Vice Chancellor of McGill University from 1939 until 1962), and an unknown man, standing in front of three microphones for radio stations: CKVL, CFCF, and CKAC. The photograph may have been taken at one of the concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the McGill Conservatorium.
File contains the piccolo and oboe parts for Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto, dedicated to Ellen Ballon. The piccolo part was copied by Henrique Martins and the oboe parts were copied by Fran Averede.
File includes liner notes, recording timing notes, and notes for corrections to the score, all for the recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto. The liner notes were written by Ralph Gustafson, a friend of Villa-Lobos and Ellen Ballon, to whom the concerto is dedicated and who performed the concerto for its recording in 1948. The concerto was written in Rio de Janeiro in 1945. The file includes directions for transcribing Villa-Lobos' piano concerto from the records of its American premiere in Dallas, Texas with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Dorati.
File contains two copies of the first and second trombone parts and one copy of the third and fourth trombone part for Heitor Villa Lobos' first piano concerto, dedicated to Ellen Ballon. The parts were copied by Fran Averede.
File contains two copies of the first and second trumpet parts and one copy of the third trumpet part for Heitor Villa Lobos' first piano concerto, dedicated to Ellen Ballon. The parts were copied by Fran Averede.
File contains a clipping of an article by Philip Cook from the Montreal Daily Star entitled "Contemporary Music is not Given a Chance." The article includes mention of Ellen Ballon and Heitor Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 1.
File includes a program for Ellen Ballon's concert with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Ansermet. The file also includes a catalogue Londoof London Records, including Ballon's recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 1 with Ansermet.
File contains an exhibition program that includes a biography of Ellen Ballon, press tributes, lists of musical scores, correspondence, photographs, and autographed books. Also includes a short biography of Ellen Ballon written in 1972 by Grace Tratt, former Head of Special Collections at Dalhousie University.
File contains a photograph of the world premiere of Heitor Villa-Lobos's first piano concerto, dedicated to Ellen Ballon. The performance took place on October 11, 1946 at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. Villa-Lobos conducted and Ballon was the soloist.
File contains a photograph of Ellen Ballon recording with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Ernest Ansermet. This is likely the recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto, dedicated to Ellen Ballon.
File contains a program for The Town Hall concert series in New York where Ellen Ballon performed February 13, 1943; a program from the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Izler Solomon, with whom Ballon performed March 20, 1944; and a poster advertising Ellen Ballon, by her personal representative, Andrew Schulhof.
File contains a copy of the 1906 publication of Anna Magdalena's 1725 Notebook with various short piano compositions, edited by Dr. Richard Batka. The book is inscribed to Ellen Ballon by Clara Lichtenstein, her teacher at McGill Conservatorium of Music, and dated April 7, 1910 in Montreal.
File contains a book of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's piano compositions from his notebook, dated 1764, published with critical remarks for the first time by Dr. Georg Schünermann. The book is inscribed to Ellen Ballon from her "dear friend," Franz Darvas.
File contains publicity photographs of Ellen Ballon. Most are portraits, but some feature her playing the piano, participating in World War II support activities, at ceremonies, at concerts, and at receptions. Most of the photographs are undated but seem to span the entirety of her adult life. The last photograph in the album is of Ballon receiving her honorary doctorate from McGill University in 1954.
File contains two photographs that show the front and back sides of a medal awarded to Ellen Ballon by President William Howard Taft of the United States of America and his wife. The medal is inscribed with "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of many, one).
File contains copies of each of the four compositions: "Titania's Waltz"'; "Weeping Willows"; "In the Rushes"; and "Soughing Pines." The work was dedicated to Paolo Gallico (1868–1955). Each piece bears an inscription to Ellen Ballon, Goldmark's student in 1909. The pieces were published by the Oliver Ditson Company in Boston in 1908.
File contains a piano technique book used by Ellen Ballon while she was studying with Alberto Jonas in New York. Each page includes printed technical excercises and blank staff lines with some additions handwritten in pencil, presumably by Jonas or Ballon. The book includes a repertoire list of pieces Ballon performed in 1918-1919.
File contains a piano technique book used and annotated by Ellen Ballon. It is the third book in a set of three, dedicated to Rafael Joseffy. It includes studies by composers from Ludwig van Beethoven until the book's publication.
File contains a framed reproduction of the front cover of The McGill News (Winter 1954), featuring Ellen Ballon and the Canadian operatic soprano Pauline Donalda receiving their honorary doctorates. The photograph is in black and white but the banner for the magazine is in colour.