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Ellen Ballon fonds

  • MS-5-2
  • Fonds
  • 1725-1972, predominantly 1898-1972
Fonds contains correspondence, musical scores (piano and orchestral), photographs, a sketch, harmony notebooks, fliers, programs, newspaper clippings, academic journals, a press book, scrapbooks, and letters of composers. The musical scores include several first edition copies and autograph manuscripts. All personal correspondence is incoming correspondence; no outgoing correspondence is included in this fonds.

Ballon, Ellen

Musical scores

Series contains musical scores collected and used by Ellen Ballon. The scores include several first editions of popular works by Mozart and Chopin, and various autograph manuscript scores, including Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto, which was written for Ellen Ballon. All of the works are for piano or piano and orchestra.

Ellen Ballon's correspondence

Series contains incoming correspondence sent to Ellen Ballon as well as ephemeral correspondence of European composers and classical music performers that was collected by Ellen Ballon.

Alan Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-701
  • Fonds
  • 1845-2001

Fonds includes Alan Creighton's diaries, which cover many of the years from 1920 to 2000. Writings from the period 1920 to 1954 (many undated) are mainly short stories and poems. These writings include handwritten and typed, complete and incomplete, and published and unpublished works. There is also some correspondence throughout as well as copies of his two books of poetry. The fonds includes writings with titles such as "About Poetry," "Poetry Courses," "Thoughts," "Music & Art," and "Bedford Basin." His notebooks include evidence of a variety of courses taken, including French and Greek, music, poetry, and art (both practice and history, including Chinese art). There is also a record of his art sales from 1964 to 1999. Personal and family documents are included in the fonds.

Alan Creighton's artwork is extensive and primarily in the form of sketches and watercolours, with a few oil paintings. Many of his sketches are in albums, many of which are used exclusively for one particular aspect of his studies. For example, album labels include "People," "Trees," "Skies," "Rock Formations," "Buildings," "Railway Sketches" (scenes from train journeys), and "Outdoors." Others identify a place and time and include such labels as "At the Zoo," "Nova Scotian Sketches 1951," "South Shore 1982," and "Toronto 1996." Still others contain a mixture of styles and themes. There are also numerous loose sketches and watercolours which have been loosely arranged into similar groupings such as "Clouds," "Boats," "Flowers," and so forth. Photograph albums include photos of family and of scenes taken by Alan as a reference for future paintings.

Included with Alan Creighton’s personal items are papers, writings, art, and memorabilia belonging to his friend and roommate Christine Eyles, who died without heirs. Some relate to her employment as a violinist in England and in Toronto, Ontario and some contain her poetry, plays, and artwork (in sketchbooks and on loose paper). Published and handwritten music scores, mostly for the violin, are also included. A photograph album contains many formal portraits of family and friends taken in England in the early 20th century. Records also include papers by and about her father, Charles Eyles, a famous violin-maker. Such materials include advertisements, brochures, and letters attesting to the high quality of his craftsmanship.

Creighton, Alan

Autographs and photographs of musicians and actors

Series contains autographs, autograph letters, and autographed photographs. The letters were purchased by John Daniel Logan and were predominantly written by composers, including Giuseppe Verdi and Jacques Offenbach. Many of the autographs are signed on concert programs, presumably from concerts that Logan attended. The photographs are of musicians and actors, including several of the English actor Johnston Forbes-Robertson, and were sent to or obtained by Logan for his personal collection and in his capacity as a music critic and journalist.

Autographs

Subseries contains autographs of musicians, some of which are on concert programs. These concert programs also frequently contain annotations by J.D. Logan about the music performed. Most of the autographs would have been obtained from the musician directly by John Daniel Logan, with the exception of the autograph of the American pianist and composer Louis Morceau Gottschalk (1829-1869) and that of the French operatic soprano Marie Rôze Mapleson (1846-1926).

Music scores

Series contains manuscripts and printed music given to or acquired by John Daniel Logan for his personal collection or in his capacity as a music writer with newspapers in Halifax and Toronto. Most of the music is for solo piano and voice.

Canadian music and theatre programs

Subseries contains programs from concerts that John Daniel Logan attended in Canada, excluding Nova Scotia, predominantly at venues in Toronto and Montreal. Many of the programs include annotations by Logan.

Photographs

Subseries contains photographs of famous musicians, composers, and actors, many of which are autographed. The photographs were obtained by John Daniel Logan in his capacity as a concert reviewer and for his personal collection. Many of the photographs were sent by the musicians and actors at his request, as evidenced by his correspondence with them.

Programs from Orpheus Hall

File contains the program and texts from the songs of "The Flower Queen" or "The Coronation of the Rose: A Cantata in Two Acts" by George F. Root, which was presented at Orpheus Hall on September 13 and 14, 1887. The performances featured Miss. B. Lownds, Mr. King Pooley, Mr. C.J. Ross, Mr. J.R. Forbes, Miss. Taylor, Miss. E. Pickford, Miss. H. Gossip, Miss. E. Wier, Miss. B. Salter, Miss. M. Partridge, Miss. Forbes, Miss. G. Taylor, Miss. Ward, Miss. G. Smithers, and Miss. A. Nichols.

Research materials

Series contains clippings on music, Canadian literature, J.J. Stewart, and Allen M. Reid, as well as a scrapbook compiled by Reid on church organ music and organs. Series also contains research notes and materials for essays and lectures.

La paimpolaise : chanson du pêcheurs d'Islande

Item is a vocal score with the melody and lyrics for "La Paimpolaise" by the French singer-songwriter Théodore Botrel (1868-1925). The score and lyrics were handwritten by L. Coyteux Preouèl(?) in Ottawa on April 29, 1908.

Botrel, Théodore

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

Programs from the School for the Blind

File contains programs for the following recitals presented at the Halifax School for the Blind: Michel Sciapiro (violin), presented by the Halifax Ladies' Musical Club; Mildred Dilling (harp), with Rose E. Seguin (soprano) and orchestra (conducted by L. Dorothea Webb); and an organ and vocal recital with unknown performers.

Scholastic records

Series contains both the harmony workbooks created by Ellen Ballon during her early schooling as well as certificate letters issued from McGill University regarding her honorary degree and the scholarship program she instigated.

Portrait of the Ensign & Evangelical Quartette of the Salvation Army

File contains a dry plate photographic negative of a group of people posing with musical instruments. The photograph shows a woman standing with her arm on auto harp, a man standing holding a trumpet, another man wearing glasses seated with a baby on his knee, holding a banjo and one woman wearing glasses seated holding a violin. The adults are wearing Salvation Army uniform. A guitar and a trumpet are lying on the floor in the centre.

David Murray fonds

  • MS-2-181, SF Box 27
  • Fonds
  • 1905, [ca. 1940s]
Fonds includes handwritten catalogues of David Murray's record collection, manuscripts of a skit called "Pukka Sahib," and notes on Frederic Chopin.

Murray, David, fl. 1934-1972

Mr. Goldmark harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises handwritten in pencil.

Ellen Ballon's workbook

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains some theory and sale exercises at the beginning of the notebook, but is largely empty. The last page includes a rough repertoire list.

Ellen Ballon's first harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises handwritten in pencil.

Mr. Goldmark harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil.

Ellen Ballon's harmony workbook

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil.

Ellen Ballon harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil.

Ellen Ballon harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil.

Ellen Ballon's harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil with corrections in blue and brown pencil crayon. There are two pages inserted into the workbook containing repertoire lists.

Ellen Ballon's harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil. "Mr. Goldmark" is written inside the front cover of the notebook.

Ellen Ballon harmony book

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil.

Correspondence from Frank S. Welsman

File contains a letter from Frank Squire Welsman. The letter concerns the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and requests John Daniel Logan's help in promoting and supporting their endeavours.

Welsman, Frank

Newspaper clippings concerning music

File contains copies of newspaper clippings that John Daniel Logan collected, mostly of concert reviews, including concerts that he attended. Many of the clippings do not include the date or name of the newspaper that he retrieved the review from.

Correspondence from A.S. Vogt

File contains a letter from A.S. (Augustus Stephen) Vogt, thanking John Daniel Logan for his review of a performance by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Vogt, Augustus Stephen

Program from Massey Hall

File contains programs from concerts given at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario: Columbian Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Alfred Bruce with E.H. Painty on piano; the Mendelssohn Choir, conducted by A.S. Vogt; the Mendelssohn Choir, directed by H.A. Fricker; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frank S. Welsman with Margaret Huston (soprano); Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Louise Homer (contralto); Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Mischa Elman (violin); John McCormack (tenor) with Edwin Schneider (piano); and the Oratorio Society of Toronto, conducted by Edward Broome, with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nikolai Sokoloff.

File also contains a compilation of all of the programs from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 1911-1912 season, inscribed to John Daniel Logan. File also contains some newspaper clippings of concert reviews by "A.E.S.S."

Correspondence from R.S. Pigott

File contains a letter from R.S. Pigott of the Toronto Conservatory of Music concerning John Daniel Logan's book, presumably "Preludes: sonnets and other verses" (1906).

Autograph of F.H. Torrington

File contains a booklet entitled "Tributes to F.H. Torrington," signed by Frederick Herbert Torrington (founder and conductor of various Toronto festivals, orchestras, choruses, and the Toronto College of Music). The booklet contains reprints of newspaper articles written about Torrington, a list of festivals in Toronto directed by Torrington, and a partial list of works performed in Toronto under his direction.

Program from Truro Cathedral

File contains a program for the carol service given at the Truro Cathedral on Holy Innocents Day (December 28, 1910), as arranged by the late Archbishop Benson.

Program from the Toronto Conservatory of Music

File contains programs from concerts presented at the Toronto Conservatory of Music, including performances by the Flonzaley Quartet (Adolfo Betti, Alfred Pochon, Ugo Ara, Iwan D'Archambeau); Toronto String Quartette (Frank E. Blachford, Roland Roberts, F. Converse Smith, Frederic Nicolai); and Constance Martin (piano).

Ellen Ballon harmony

Item is a music notebook kept by Ellen Ballon during her childhood. The notebook contains harmony exercises and notes handwritten in pencil with some corrections in pencil crayon. The first page of the notebook is dated March 23, 1911.

Correspondence from Kathleen Parlow

File contains two letters from the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow concerning reviews of her performances by John Daniel Logan and Logan's poetry. One of the letters (dated April 19, 1912), mentions the sinking of the Titanic in passing. One of the letters originally contained two photographs of Parlow, one for the press and one for Logan.

Parlow, Kathleen

Correspondence from Minnie Parlow

File contains a letter from Minnie Parlow, the mother of the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow. The letter concerns reviews of her daughter's performance in Toronto.

God bless our Canada : A national anthem : [choral score]

File contains the sheet music for Edith J. Archibald's "God Bless Our Canada" and a manuscript version of the English lyrics for the anthem by Archibald. The song is written in F Major for four-voice chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and piano with lyrics in English and French.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Programs from the Academy of Music

File contains programs for performances by the Russian pianist Mark Hambourg (October 2, 1911); American soprano Victorina Hayes; Canadian bass baritone Edmund Burke; American tenor Allen McQuhae; and the Pictou County Philharmonic Society, directed by George M. McDonald and assisted by Suzanne Kenyon (February 15, 1924).

Program from the Universalist Church

File contains a program from a recital, "Gems from the Oratorios," given at the Universalist Church on Brunswick Street, Halifax by the church choir and various members of the congregation: J.A. Cumming, Miss. L. Collins, Mr. A. Penny, Mr. Ruffell, Mr. A.L. Smith, Mrs. T.L. Covey, Allan M. Reid, Mrs. S. Stead, Mrs. Croucher, Miss. Ouseley, Mr. Herbert Walker, Mrs. Covey, Mr. Abbott Cumming, and Mr. Alexander.
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