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Ernest MacMillan : [autographed photograph]

File contains an autographed photograph of Sir Ernest MacMillan, the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in commemoration of a performance with Ellen Ballon of Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto.

Suite

File is a manuscript with three numbered pieces by Alfred La Liberté: "Pensée Tendre" (D-flat Major), dedicated to Katherine Sneed; "Prière (Choral)" (D Major), dedicated to Marcel Dupré; and "Dance-Song" (b minor).

La Liberté, Alfred

Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach

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.

McGill and its music : centennial concert : [program]

File contains a program for a centennial concert celebration at McGill University, featuring the McGill Symphony Orchestra and John McKay on piano.
Ellen Ballon is cited in the introduction as one of McGill's notable graduates.

Newspaper clippings concerning concerts and other topics

File contains newspaper clippings that mention Ellen Ballon. Topics range from concert reviews, her favourite recipes, lifestyle, the death of her mother (Charlotte Ballon, nee Klein), and her contributions during the Second World War. One of the articles reports on her premiere performance in Rio de Janeiro of Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto.

Piano suite

File contains a copy of a manuscript for Alexander Brott's piano suite, which includes "Sacrilege," "Remorse," and "Conviction."

Brott, Alexander

Douglas Clarke, Ellen Ballon, Frank Cyril James, and unknown man : [photograph]

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.

Convoy HFX : [score]

File contains two copies of Paul Cram's composition in 12 sections, which combines common music notation and graphic notation. The composition's commission was funded by a SOCAN grant. The piece is for 10-20 performers on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, guitar, accordion, tape, violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass.

Cram, Paul

Clustrix : [score]

File contains three annotated copies of the score for Sandy Moore's composition "Clustrix" for piano, electric guitar, harp, bass clarinet, horns, and cymbal.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Broken chains : [score]

File contains two copies of the score for Sandy Moore's composition "Broken Chains" for flute, alto flute, alto saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, and hand clapping.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Ghost tracks : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of the score for Jeff Reilly's "Ghost Tracks," one in concert pitch and one in B-flat. The concert pitch score was used by Susan (Sue) Sayles, a violist with the Upstream Ensemble. The score is in three large sections, each of which have various musical phrases notated in common music notation. The pitch material for the composition is derived from seven notes: F-sharp, G, G-sharp, B, C-sharp, D, and E (at concert pitch).

Reilly, Jeff

The empty cup : parts

File contains parts for Bauer's improvisational composition in five sections: Sitar Drone Atmosphere; Falling - Filling the Cup; The Streets of Calcutta; Ascension - Reaching Beyond Life; and Resolution. The composition is for violin, bassoon, piano, guitar, and oboe and lacks a clear tonal centre and meter.The last section is a canon between the violin and bassoon.

Bauer, Bob

Muraille de Cayne : tenor saxophone

File contains two copies of the tenor saxophone part of a composition entitled "Muraille de Cayne." "Robert Leriche" is handwritten at the bottom of one of the parts, potentially indicating him as the composer.

Ghost tracks : [parts]

File contains annotated parts for Reilly's composition "Ghost Tracks," for concert, E-flat, and B-flat instruments. According to one of the annotations, the composition was performed as an octet at the Pier 21 Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Reilly, Jeff

Snowstream : [score]

File contains five annotated copies of Naylor's score for 11 instrumental parts. Each part includes melodic guidance for improvisation and performers are instructed to switch between parts freely.

Naylor, Steve

Transfigured night : [parts]

File contains the instrumental parts for Paul Cram's compilation of arrangements entitled "Transfigured Night." The piece includes four arrangements: "Wie Lange Noch?" by Kurt Weill for soprano, accordion, and contrabass; String Quartet Op. 28, 2nd movement by Anton Webern for string quartet; "All the Things you Are" by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for trumpet, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone; and a fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. The piece also includes two newly-composed sections for guitar, bass, and drums, and piano and cello duet.

Cram, Paul

Strong and free : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of "Strong and Free," a composition by Paul Cram written at concert pitch, which improvises on motives from "O Canada."

Cram, Paul

Silent movies : [score]

File contains nine annotated copies of "Silent Movies," a composition by Paul Cram in two parts written at concert pitch. The reverse side of one of the copies includes a set list for "Talk Show," which was part of the 1997 Open Waters Festival.

Cram, Paul

Kickers : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of Paul Cram's composition, "Kickers," in five parts. Each of the five parts is a short phrase. The composition was funded by SOCAN.

Cram, Paul

Flight 753 : [piano score]

File contains four annotated copies of Jeff Reilly's composition, "Flight 753" in piano score format. The composition is a shortened version of "Flight 752."

Reilly, Jeff

Flight 752 : [piano score]

File contains nine annotated copies of Jeff Reilly's composition, "Flight 752" in piano score format. The composition includes horns, cello, bassoon, drums, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, and piano, and is notated in common music notation.

Reilly, Jeff

Echoes of time weeping : a dramatic solo for soprano and tape : [score]

File contains the score and text translation from Spanish to English. The Spanish translation was completed by Andreas Guibert, with consultation by Marcelo Arroyo. Evelyne Benais, Maral Perk, and Tony Tucker helped with the Flamenco rhythms, and Mary E. Moore did the cover artwork. The composition is based on the Mexican folkloric tale of La Llorana, The Weeping Woman.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Kafka's chair : row material

File contains the manuscript and four annotated copies of the tone row for "Kafka's Chair" by Paul Cram in prime, retrograde, inversion, retrograde inversion, and transposed forms. The manuscript also includes the "Entree" from Cram's "B-flat Restaurant" at concert pitch.

Cram, Paul

Edmonton International Choral Festival : [poster]

File contains two copies of a poster for the Edmonton International Choral Festival, one of which is autographed by many of the performers in the Halifax Camerata Singers, the Rhapsody Quintet, the Chair of the Camerata Board, and the Manager. The Festival featured performances by Pro Choro Canada (Edmonton), Voces Noricae (Sweden), the Halifax Camerata Singers, and the Festival Choir.

Sing a jubilant song with Soundtrax : [poster]

File contains two copies of a poster for a concert by the Halifax Camerata Singers in collaboration with Soundtrax. The concert was a fundraiser for Phoenix Youth Programs and was held at the Bethany United Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Vigil : [poster]

File contains a poster for an all-night vigil for Vespers held at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica in Halifax, Nova Scotia by the Halifax Camerata Singers.

Crimson stain : [poster]

File contains three copies of a poster for two concerts by the Halifax Camerata Singers in collaboration with Nova Voce, Nova Scotia's provincial men's choir, and Shimon Walt on cello. The concerts featured the world premiere of "Crimson Stain" by Larry Nickel and took place at the Knox United Church in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia and the First Baptist Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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