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University of Toronto Music Library Edward Johnson collection
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Edward Johnson collection

  • CA OTUFM 01
  • Collection
  • 1837-1960

Collection contains photographs, programs, and press notices of his performances; manuscripts of songs written for him by composers including Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lalo and Pizzetti; five collections of published songs; a scrapbook of programs from his first year as manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

Johnson, Edward

Collection of songs bound for Edward Johnson, vol. 1 : French music

Item is a binder's album containing illustrated covers and includes a printed table of contents inside the cover:

  • Mandoline / Claude Debussy. Paris : Durand,1905
  • Nuit d’étoiles / Claude Debussy. Paris : E. Coutarel, [1910]
  • Mai / Reynaldo Hahn. Paris : Heugel, [n.d.]
  • Les cygnes / Reynaldo Hahn. Paris : Heugel, 1894
  • Il neige / H. Bemberg. Paris : Léon Grus, 1899
  • La chanson de ma mie / H. Bemberg. Paris : Lucien Grus, 1898
  • Hindoo song : Chant hindou / H. Bemberg. New York : G. Schirmer, 1888
  • Réveil printanier / H. Bemberg. Paris : Lucien Grus, 1899
  • Nuit de printemps / H. Bemberg. Paris : Lucien Grus, 1899
  • Il passa / H. Bemberg. Paris : L. Grus Fils, 1896
  • Conte / Georges Bizet. Paris : Choudens Pere et Fils, [n.d.]
  • Envoi de fleurs / Charles Gounod. Paris : Choudens Fils, [n.d.]
  • Ce que je suis sans toi / Charles Gounod. Paris : Choudens Fils, [n.d.]
  • All' usignuolo = Au rossignol / Charles Gounod. Paris : Choudens, [n.d.]
  • Mignon / Charles Gounod. Paris : Choudens Fils, [n.d.]
  • Ah! Fuyez douce image / J. Massenet. Paris : Heugel, 1898
  • Le rêve de Des Grieux / J. Massenet. Paris : Heugel, 1898
  • Gavotte / J. Massenet. Paris : Heugel, [n.d.]* Élégie / J. Massenet. Paris : E. & A. Girod, [n.d.]
  • Ouvre tes yeux bleus / J. Massenet. Paris : Heugel, [n.d.]* Les enfants / J. Massenet. Paris : G. Hartmann, [n.d.]
  • Le sais-tu / J. Massenet. Paris : G. Hartmann, [n.d.]
  • Enchantement / J. Massenet. Paris : Heugel, [n.d.]
  • La mélodie des baisers ; Improvisation ; Ariane ; Nocturne de La Navarraise ; Musique pour bercer les petits enfants ; J’ai du vous paraitre bien bête ; Pastorale D’Esclarmonde / J. Massenet. Paris : Pierre LaFitte, 1906
  • Faust : fragment de la seconde partie ; A ma fiancée ; Au soir ; Manfred ; Ouverture de Le paradis et la péri ; Le paradis et la péri : strophes de la seconde partie ; Le joyeux laboureur ; J’ai pardonné ; Valse ; Les deux grenadiers ; Rêverie : pour violon et piano / Robert Schumann. Paris : Pierre LaFitte, [n.d.]

Ohio newspaper clippings and magazine regarding performance of Algala

Item consists of newspaper clippings and a copy of the magazine Akron Topics, autographed by Edward Johnson. Item includes photographs and autographs of the composer and lead singers in the production of Algala: Francesco de Leone (composer), Mabel Garrison (soprano), Cecil Fanning (baritone), Edward Johnson (tenor), F. Karl Grossman (musical director), and Francis J. Sadlier (bass).

Correspondence, writings, and publicity material

File contains autographed letters, signed (ALS) from Deems Taylor (February 17, 1927), Gordon V. Thompson (May 4, 1927), and Edna St. Vincent Millay (October 6, 1927); letters to Earle Poling (1923-1937); texts of lectures (1925-1952); and, press releases and magazine articles (1928-1960).

Edward Johnson scrapbook

File consists of a scrapbook with clippings from newspapers and magazines, and concert programs, pasted on the pages of the October 15, 1925 issue of MacLean's magazine; the issue contains an article on Johnson entitled: A Canadian star shines for the world, by John Nelson. The scrapbook was compiled by Gertrude Carter Elliott and Pearl Carter MacMillan.

Scrapbook of signed programs from the 1935-1936 season of the Metropolitan Opera House

File contains a scrapbook with 38 programs from the 1935-1936 season of the Metropolitan Opera, from the start of Edward Johnson's time as general manager. The scrapbook was compiled by Rosa Ponselle and gifted to Johnson on December 24, 1935. In addition to a program from each production, the scrapbook includes the signatures of conductors and singers.

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