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University of Toronto Music Library Series
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Toronto music education

Series consists of materials relating to music education in Toronto, including at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Toronto College of Music.

Theoretical and critical writings

Series consists of materials created for Klein's teaching at the University of Toronto, and interview with Witold Lutoslawski, and various composition studiesand exercises.

Teaching materials

Series consists of examination papers set, lecture notes, and student papers from Kenins's time at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Teaching and performance materials

Series consists of materials created by J. Churchill Arlidge in the course of his teaching and performance career, including sheet music with added vocal parts, written in his own hand, a practice record booklet that he published in Toronto in 1907, and the script and program for a concert that he gave in the 1880s.

Sound recordings

Series consists of materials for: Cascando (1963-1965), Wordsong (1971-1973), Guitarmusic for John Cage (1972-1975), Wordmusic (1973-1974), Mikemusics (1973-1977), Silencesong (1974), Minutemusics (1977-1980), Thunderword (1978-1979), Nonologue (Onemanshow, 1980), and Sh! (Mikemusics, 1973-1977).

Sheet Music

Series contains sheet music created and/or accumulated by Kathleen Parlow. Subseries include Manuscripts; Published

Research files by topic or library

Series contains miscellaneous research files created and gathered by Ezra Schabas in the production of his biography of Theodore Thomas. The series also includes copies of three articles written by Schabas on Thomas, prior to the publication of the biography.

Research files and correspondence

Series consists of Ezra Schabas's textual research files for his biography of Sir Ernest MacMillan. Files include correspondence with Schabas, copies of correspondence with MacMillan, copies of newspaper articles and photographs, and copies of research on MacMillan by other individuals, including that by Keith MacMillan.

Recording projects

Series consists of correspondence, rehearsal schedules, recording take lists, budgets, and research notes, regarding the production of the Aldeburgh Connection’s recording projects, including one cassette and six compact discs. The albums include recordings from various Aldeburgh Connection concerts, recordings with musicians featured in these concerts, and recordings of compositions commissioned by the Aldeburgh Connection.

Radio scripts, indexes, and notes

Series consists of radio scripts and notes for programs written by Leslie R. Bell in his role as a radio commentator for CBC and CFRB in Toronto. The series also contains indices that accompany many of these scripts for Bell's programs, including Audio, Speaking of music, Music about town, and Music won't hurt you. The series also contains notes from Bell's research for radio programs, lectures, and from his school days, including his notes for his thesis on art education.

Publicity, correspondence, and various other documents

Series consists of newspaper articles by and about Leslie Bell, concert programs, scrapbooks, documents from the Canadian Music Educators' Association (CMEA), and photographs. Bell wrote a column for the Toronto Star from 1950 until 1961, and many of his columns are included in this series. The CMEA documents are included as Bell was a founder of the association and its executive director from 1959 until his death in 1962. He also edited the Canadian Music Educator journal during that time. The series also contains a file of correspondence, photographs, and certificates for Bell's son L. Richard Bell.

Promotional materials and memorabilia

Series consists of a promotional booklet and poster, which feature the same photograph and include excerpts of newspaper reviews of his performances. Series also includes his wooden conductor's baton.

Promotional events and free concerts

Series consists of records pertaining to various promotional events and free concerts produced by the Aldeburgh Connection. The series includes materials for one concert by Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata prior to the official formation of the Aldeburgh Connection concert series, “Opera in the Drawing Room” (January 14, 1979). Each file consists of programs, scripts, scores annotated by Ralls and Ubukata, set and lighting designs, posters, and reviews.

Programs and magazine articles

Series consists of programs for performances of compositions by Gena Branscombe, magazine articles on her, and copies of her membership cards to various music and non-music associations. The series also includes a program and poster for a 100th anniversary concert at The James Room, Barnard Hal, Barnard College, Manhattan (November 15, 1981).

Programs

Series consists of miscellaneous programs, predominantly for concerts that took place in Toronto.

Press Records

Series contains material from newspapers and magazines which relate to Kathleen Parlow, her students, articles written by Parlow, etc. Subseries include: clippings and publications; transcriptions; students and others; Halvorsen discovery

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).

Photographs of musicians

Series consists of photographs of Canadian and European musicians from the early 1900s, as well as Giuliana Gattoni's collection of publicity photographs from the late 1980s and early 1990s, which predominantly consists of photographs of Canadian Opera Company productions.

Photographs

Series consists of promotional and personal photographs of J. Churchill Arlidge, his family, and groups to which he belonged, including the Independent Order of Foresters (Arlidge was the High Organist); Christ Church at Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario; and a Grand Jury in 1907, which was appointed to investigate and make recommendations regarding public institutions and services in Toronto.

Photographs

Series contains photographs collected, maintained, and/or accumulated by Kathleen Parlow. Photographs depict Kathleen Parlow's life, musical career (including photographs of the Parlow Strong Quartet), and travels to various places including Hawaii and Asia. Also includes photographs of various individuals including but not limited to: Kathleen Parlow; Minnie Parlow; Leopold Auer; Thomas Edison; Arthur Hinton; Harold Bauer; Samuel Gilbert Colt; Willen Willeke; Johan Halvorsen; Henry Scheadieck; Erich Wolff; Ernesto Consolo; Wanda De Stein; Mischa Elman; Marie Hall; and, Jascha Heifetz.

Personal Records

Series includes various records collected, created, or maintained by Parlow throughout her personal life. Subseries include Family Records; Financial Records; Professional and Promotional Material; Souvenirs; Miscellaneous Material

Performance, teaching, and personal records

Series consists of records relating to Ron Collier's performance career, including photographs from his time in the Kitsilano Boys' Band in Vancouver; correspondence with various musicians; photographs of his own quartet/quintet/dixtuor/ big band; and, photographs, correspondence, and other records from Collier's collaborations with Duke Ellington. Series also contains lecture notes and other materials relating to his teaching career at Humber College, where he taught composition and arranging (1974-1994). Series also contains some personal and family photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence.

Other correspondence

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence, including letters from and to many Canadian musicians and composers.

Other activities

Series consists of administrative writings, correspondence, reviews, radio programs, and other documents relating to John Beckwith’s work at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the University of Toronto, and various other appearances at conferences, symposiums, and universities. Series also includes writings related to his publications.

Ontario College of Art projects

Series consists of Udo Kasemets's notebooks, posters, and plans for projects at the Ontario College of Art (OCA). Series also contains Kasemets's OCA teaching materials and notes.

Microfilms

Series consists of microfilm copies of scrapbooks, correspondence, and programs relating to Theodore Thomas's career, which Ezra Schabas used for the biography Theodore Thomas : America's conductor and builder of orchestras, 1835-1905.

Interviews conducted by Ezra Schabas

Series consists of taped recordings of interviews conducted by Ezra Schabas as part of his research for his book on Sir Ernest MacMillan. Series also includes some recordings of interviews (not conducted by Schabas) with Sir Ernest MacMillan, and a recording of a performance by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by MacMillan.

Governance and finance records

Series consists of the administrative and financial records of the Aldeburgh Connection, including newsletters; correspondence regarding private donations, corporate funding, and government grants; financial ledgers and budgets; and, board minutes. As a registered charity, the Aldeburgh Connection was dependent upon donations, funding, and grants, in addition to revenue from ticket sales, to support each concert season. Donations after the end of the Aldeburgh Connection concerts in 2013 were given in support of the organization’s archival project, which included the creation of an online archive of sound recordings, digitized programs, and a database of their performance repertoire. The series also includes the letters of incorporation for “The Aldeburgh Connection Concert Society” and early promotional material used to obtain funding.

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