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John Daniel Logan fonds

  • MS-5-1
  • Fonds
  • 1850 - 1932
Fonds contains music manuscripts and published scores, photographs, and autograph letters written by well-known composers such as Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, and John Philip Sousa. Through his work as a music critic and journalist in Toronto and Halifax, Logan communicated with many prominent Canadian musicians in the early twentieth century. Many of the scores, photographs, and autographs included in this collection are a result of his contributions to music criticism. The music and theatre programs are frequently annotated with comments for reviews, and most of his correspondence with musicians and actors relates to his work as a music and theatre critic. Some of the scores were given to Logan as gifts from performers while others were sent to him for review or publication in newspapers. There are several manuscripts of songs by Edith Jessie Archibald, a prominent social activist and suffragist in Halifax. Letters sent to Logan also concern his poetic contributions, and there is a manuscript draft of one of his books, Preludes: Sonnets and other Verses (1906).

Logan, John Daniel

Letter from Jacques Offenbach

File contains an autographed letter from Jacques Offenbach as Director of the Theatre des Bouffes Parisiens, addressed to "Monsieur le Baron" (likely Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussman).

Offenbach, Jacques

Letter from John Philip Sousa

File contains an autographed letter from John Philip Sousa, written on his letterhead from the Marine Band and Orchestra, Washington, D.C. The letter is stored in a folder and includes a copy of a photograph of Sousa from 1895 .

Sousa, John Philip

Letter from Giuseppe Verdi

File contains an autographed letter from Giuseppe Verdi, addressed to his publisher in Paris, Léon Escudier.

Verdi, Giuseppe

Autographs of Clara Butt-Rumford and R. Kennerley Rumford

File contains the autographs for the Rumfords on a piece of stationary paper from Hotel Vancouver. Clara Butt-Rumford (1872-1936) was an English contralto and Kennerley Rumford (1870-1957) was an English baritone. They toured together throughout Europe and America following their marriage in 1900. This autograph was likely attained during their extended world tour (1912-1914), which encompassed Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Autograph of Mischa Elman

File contains an autographed program for a concert sponsored by the Halifax Community Concert Association at Capitol Theatre. Mischa Elman was accompanied by Carroll Hollister on the piano.

Autograph of Amelita Galli-Curci

File contains an autographed program for a concert by the Italian coloratura soprano Amelita Galli-Curci. In addition to her signature, there are several annotations in pencil for each piece on the program by J.D. Logan.

Autograph of Alma Gluck

File contains an autograph by the soprano Alma Gluck (1884-1938) of the Metropolitan Opera Company, signed on stationary from the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Gluck was part of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1909 to 1913.

Autographs of the Hambourg Trio

File contains an autographed program by the Hambourg Trio (Geza de Kresz, violin; Reginald Stewart, piano; and Boris Hambourg, cello). The program is from a recital at Pythian Castle, Saint Join, New Brunswick. File also contains J.D. Logan's 1909-1910 season pass for the Massey Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario.

Autograph of Frieda Hempel

File contains an autographed program by the soprano Frieda Hempel. The program is for a concert that she gave with the Harvard Glee Club, conducted by Dr. Archibald T. Davison. The program includes pencil annotations by J.D. Logan. File also contains Logan's ticket stub from the concert.

Autograph of Fritz Kreisler

File contains an autographed program by the violinist Fritz Kreisler. The program is from a concert he gave at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sponsored by the Marion Andrews Concert Bureau. He was accompanied by Carl Lamson. The file also includes J.D. Logan's ticket stub from the concert.

Autograph of John McCormack

File contains an autographed program by the tenor John McCormack. The program is from a recital McCormack gave at the Milwaukee Auditorium, accompanied by Lauri Kennedy (cello) and Edwin Schneider (piano). The program is annotated in pencil by J.D. Logan. The file also includes Logan's ticket stub from the concert.

Autograph of Leo Slezak

File contains the autograph of the tenor Leo Slezak of the Metropolitan Opera Company, signed on a piece of letterhead from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Autograph of Frederick Stock

File contains an autographed program by Frederick Stock, the conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The program is for a concert given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presented by the Milwaukee Orchestral Association. The program contains annotations in pencil by J.D. Logan.

Autograph of Leopold Stokowski

File contains an autographed program by Leopold Stokowski, the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The program is for a concert given by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Milwaukee Auditorium. File also contains J.D. Logan's ticket stub from the concert.

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.

Autographed photograph of Frank E. Blachford

File contains an autographed photograph of the Canadian violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer Frank Edward Blachford (1879-1957) addressed to Dr. J.D. Logan in appreciation of his writing on music in Toronto.

Autographed photograph of Clara Butt-Rumford

File contains an autographed photograph of Clara Butt Rumford (1872-1936), an English contralto. She toured with her husband, Kennerley Rumford throughout Europe and America. This photograph was likely attained by John Daniel Logan during their extended world tour (1912-1914), which encompassed Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Photograph of Harry Dean

File contains a photograph of Harry Dean, a Canadian conductor, pianist, organist, and music educator. He is known for founding the Maritime Academy of Music and the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers' Association in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Photographs of Louise Edvina Edwardes

File contains an autographed photograph of the Montreal-born opera singer Louise Edvina Edwardes (nee Martin), known by her stage name "Madame Edvina." File also contains a print of Louise Edvina in costume from the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini. Logan's notes on the reverse side of the print and at the bottom of the photograph indicate that she was known for her creation of the title role of Louise in an opera by Gustave Charpentier.

Photographs of Esther Ferrobini

File contains two photographs of the operatic soprano Esther Ferrobini of the Montreal Opera Company that John Daniel Logan used for a press release about her performance in the title role of the opera "Zoza."

Little Bell biographies of master musicians

File contains a book published by The Bell Piano and Organ Co., Limited of Guelph, Ontario, written by John Daniel Logan, which contains short biographies of various composers and promotes the Bell pianos as an instrument for performing their works. The composers included are Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Hadyn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Arthur Rubinstein, Edvard Grieg, and Edward MacDowell.

Britain calls : [lyrics]

File contains a newspaper clipping and letters to Edith J. Archibald concerning her song "Britain Calls," which was written for the Royal Canadian Regiment during World War One. The newspaper clipping includes the text, but not the music, of the song. The letters are from G.A. LeCain, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Commanding 25th Battalion; George Murray, Provincial Secretary; and Evelyn Starr, professional violinist of New York City. An inscription by Edith J. Archibald at the top of the letters reads, "This song, dedicated to the Royal Canadian Regt. has made their 'marchpost' and I am told by an officer of that Regt. that is was played and sung daily during the war. He himself said it had keeped [sic] the men when on the tramp, 'over many a weary mile.'"

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Mother's flag : [sheet music]

File contains the sheet music for a song by Paul Heinrich with words by Dr. Charles H. Baltzer (published in 1910). The front cover is autographed by Baltzer and a note on the last page indicates that it was sent from Baltzer of Middleton, Nova Scotia. The file also includes 7 poems by Baltzer (not set to music): "Charity," "Apostrophe to the Sun," "The Tree," "To Next Summer,""A Bachelor's Lament,""Frost Ere Roses," and "Greed." Some of the poems are from newspaper clippings and others indicate that they were published in the Halifax Chronicle and the Halifax Herald.

Come unto me : [sheet music]

Item is the sheet music for a solo voice and piano composition in D Major by Molly MacDonald of the MacDonald Music Co. in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She published her music under the pseudonym of "Elza Doun."

Song of the silver night, Op. 34, no. 2

Item is the sheet music for a solo piano romance dedicated to Miss Duxie McMillan. The piece is the second in a set of two solo piano compositions, the first of which is a sketch entitled "Though the Fields." The sheet music is autographed by the composer and addressed to Dr. Logan.

Forsyth, W. O. (Wesley Octavius)

Fill every glass : from The Beggar's Opera

Item is a copy of a manuscript version of an adaptation of "Fill Every Glass" from "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay (1728). The arrangement was made by "C.B.C." and "J.F.W" for the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and is for solo voice (for the character of Matt of the Mint) and chorus.

God be with our boys tonight : [sheet music]

Item is the sheet music for a song with music by Wilfrid Sanderson and words by Fred G. Bowles. The piece was given to John Daniel Logan by "The Little Rainbows" of Mount St. Bernards, as indicated on the front cover of the music. The piece is for solo voice and piano accompaniment and is in A-flat Major.

Photograph of Edward Elgar

File contains a photograph of the English composer Edward Elgar (1857-1934). It is in a matte stamped with the copyright of The Bell Piano & Organ Co., Limited.

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.

Postcards and prints of musicians and churches

File contains two postcards of churches, one of Trinity Church and Wall Street in New York, and the other of Hensley Memorial Chapel and Convocation Hall, King's College, Windsor, Nova Scotia. The file also includes miscellaneous prints removed from magazines of organs, opera singer Annie Beaumont, pianist Franklin Taylor, and a drawing "Leur Fils" by P. Eschbach.

Autographed photographs of W.O. Forsyth

File contains two photographs of the Canadian composer, teacher, and writer W.O. (Wesley Octavius) Forsyth, one of which is autographed for Dr. J.D. Logan.

Forsyth, W. O. (Wesley Octavius)

In Flanders Fields : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of "In Flanders Fields" by Edith J. Archibald, which sets the words of the poem of the same name by Colonel John McCrae. The piece is for solo voice and piano in F Major and was written at Archibald's home on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The piece is 5 pages long with extra blank pages.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

The town is decked flags today : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of the third verse of an untitled song that begins "The town is decked flags today." The song is for solo voice and piano accompaniment in d minor. The first two verse of the song are missing. The author of the text is not indicated, but may have also been written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

A Nocturne : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in F Major entitled "A Nocturne," including the score and a separate typed sheet with the poem in English and French, also written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Exiled : a Serbian lament : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in C Major entitled "Exiled: A Serbian Lament." A separate author for the lyrics is not indicated, so they are likely also written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

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