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Toronto music life collection

  • CA OTUFM 03
  • Collection
  • 1877-1995

Collection consists of materials relating to musical life in Toronto, Ontario. The collection includes photographs of various Canadian and European musicians, including various photographs of Canadian Opera Company productions from the late 1980s and early 1990s, autographs from various opera singers and musicians from the late-nineteenth century, three scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and programs, and a collection of songs published in the Toronto Evening Telegram at the end of the nineteenth century.

University of Toronto Music Library

Lists, indexes, and other documents

File contains biographical data; list of compositions and performances to 1967; chronology of avant-garde activities; classified index of compositions; printed BMI catalogue page with additions; notes for the catalogue about works to be issued; 1 score sampler; printed flyer with; personal photographs; and, an index of columns in the Toronto Star, 1959-1963, prepared by Jeremy Strachan.

Alberto Guerrero fonds

  • CA OTUFM 07
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1990, predominant 1906-1937

Fonds consists of compositions, programs and reviews, photographs and family documents.

Guerrero, Alberto

Luigi von Kunits

File consists of a photograph of Luigi von Kunits by the Van Eeden Studio (Toronto) and a photograph of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with von Kunits conducting (ca. 1923-1931). The file also contains the following score:

  • Souvenir de Moscou : op. 6 : for violin and piano by Henri Wieniawski (Braunschweig: Henry Litolff's Verlag, [191-?]), with annotations and autograph by Kunits
  • Kunits' cadenza to Brahms' Violin Concerto, op. 77 (handwritten, "property of [Eugene] Kash")
  • Popular Songs : transcription by Kunits (containing "Scenes that are brightest"from Maritana by W.V. Wallace, transcribed for [solo violin?] and piano).

Oskar Morawetz

File consists of programs and posters for concerts featuring works by Oskar Morawetz, and copies of newspaper articles, correspondence, and programs. The file includes copies of letters from Coretta Scott King, regarding the Morawetz's compositions written in tribute to her husband Martin Luther King, Jr.; from Rose Kennedy regarding Morawetz's composition written in memory of her son John F. Kennedy; from Edward Johnson regarding the dedication of Morawetz's composition "Land of Dreams"; and from Otto Frank regarding the premiere of Morawetz's "From the Diary of Anne Frank." A copy of the vocal score for "From the Diary of Anne Frank" is also included in the file, with a handwritten dedication from the composer to Jean Lavender, inscribed "with best wishes and many thanks for building the Music Library at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto."

The file also includes the following photographs:

  • Sergei Prokofiev and Mstislav Rostropovich (autographed in 1972 by Rostropovich; photo from 1952)
  • Oskar Morawetz and Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Otto Frank (with dedication dated 1972 to Morawetz)
  • Oskar Morawetz and Zubin Mehta
  • Martin Luther King and family (with dedication to Morawetz)

Postmortem documents

Series consists of documents created after Leslie Bell's death, including letters of condolence written to his wife Leona Bell; copies of his obituaries; and, documents pertaining to the Leslie Bell Scholarship, which was established in his name by the Leslie Bell Singers Alumnae in 1971. The award was created to support choral conductors further their professional careers and enhance their conducting abilities. The award is managed by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

L. Richard Bell documents

File consists of childhood and school records of L. Richard Bell, the son of Leslie Bell, and a pianist.

Bell, L. Richard

Leslie Bell in later years

Items is a photograph, labeled: “At Exhibition - Fall before he died i.e. Fall 1971 (?).” Error: Dr. Bell died in January 1962.

Leslie Bell Singers

Item is a photograph that was originally mounted with a label on the back: “April, 1949, at the Award Convention of Industrial Accident Prevention Association.”

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