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University of Toronto Music Library File
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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.

Programs

File contains programs from Edward Johnson's peformances at the Royal Opera House in Guelph (1907); R. Teatro de la Pergola in Firenze (1919); Villa La Badia in Florence (1921); Griffin's Opera House in Chicago (1921-1922); Vocational-Collegiate Building in Guelph (1923); Akron Armory (1923-1924); Massey Music Hall in Toronto (1924); Vancouver (1927); Atlanta with the Metropolitan Opera Company (1929); Ravinia (1929); New York Hippodrome [192-?]; Temple Theatre in Hamilton [192-?]; The Drake [192-?]; and, a memorial concert at the New York Public Library (1960).

Photographs of Edward Johnson

File contains studio portraits; photographs of Edward Johnson's roles in Italy and at the Metropolitan; and, photographs of four sketches by Carl Bohnen. File also contains five drawings by Flora Arrighi of Florence, Italy of Edward Johnson as himself, and in four different roles.

Memorabilia

File contains signed photographs of various opera singers and composer that Edward Johnson worked with during his career, and a vocal score of acts 1 and 2 of Peter Ibbetson by Deems Taylor (publishers' version for tenor).

Collection of historical letters

File contains letters collected by or given to Edward Johnson from Georges Bizet, Claude Debussy (photograph), Gaetano Donizetti, Jenny Lind, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Adelina Patti/Giuseppe Verdi, Ignacy Paderewski (signed photograph), Giacomo Puccini, and Richard Wagner. Unless otherwise indicated, all items are autograph letters, signed (ALS).

Sheet music collection

File contains a selection of sheet music owned by Edward Johnson. Some of the sheet music includes the autograph of the composer, and most of the sheet music has been annotated by Johnson.

Binder's albums of vocal sheet music

File contains binder's albums of French and Italian sheet music. File also includes a copy of a paper inventory of one of the volumes, completed by Lynn McIntyre (December 1988) and entitled "A bound volume of the Edward Johnson collection entitled Debussy, Hahn, Bemberg, Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, e Schumann" and an inventory of another volume (CA OTUFM 01-9-3) completed by John Fodi and entitled "A bound item in the Edward Johnson collection of sheet music."

Royal Opera, Covent Garden : programme

File contains a souvenir, silk program from a gala performance by command of His Majesty the King in honour of the visit of the President of the French Republic. The concert featured the following soloists: Luisa Tetrazzini (Italian coloratura soprano), Caroline Hatchard (British soprano), John McCormack (Irish tenor), and Nellie Melba (Australian soprano).

Scrapbook compiled by Milton Blankstein

File consists of a scrapbook compiled by the Milton Blankstein (later, Blackstone), consisting of newspaper clippings of reviews and press notices, photographs, and programs relating to his career in New York City, Toronto, and other Canadian cities. The scrapbook includes a signed photograph of Eugène Ysaÿe and and Boris Hambourg (dated in Toronto, 1918).

Blackstone, Milton

Scrapbook compiled by Amoï Bird

File consists of a scrapbook compiled by Amoï Bird (1902-1988), containing programs and newspaper clippings of reviews from various concerts, the vast majority of which took place in Toronto. Bird attended the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, before studying music with Dr. Albert Ham. The file includes a brief biographical note about Bird by Godfrey Ridout.

Photographs of Canadian musicians

File contains photographs of Canadian musicians, many of which are signed, and most of which are not dated: S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté with string quartet including Peggie Sampson and Victor Feldbrill; Herman Geiger-Torel; Irene Jessner; Greta Kraus; Sir Ernest MacMillan; Lois Marshall (2 photographs); Oskar Morawetz; Charles Peaker; and Redferne Hollinshead.

Photographs of non-Canadian musicians

File contains autographed photographs of the following European musicians: Malwine Brée, Franz Léhar, Theodor Leschetizky, I. J. Paderewski, Hans Pfitzner, and Victoria de los Angeles. File also contains two autographed promotional photographs taken by Eric Hayes of the Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar. Shankar's photographs are not dated.

Godfrey Ridout

File consists of programs that included performances of pieces by Godfrey Ridout and copies of newspaper clippings about Ridout. Ridout (1918-1984) began teaching at the Toronto Conservatory of Music in 1940, before joining the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto (1948-1982).

Harvey Olnick

File consists of correspondence sent to Harvey Olnick from Elizabeth Hazelton Haight, Anton Kuerti, Claude Bissell, R. Murray Schafer, Robert Aitken, and Harry Somers.

James Paton Clarke

File consists of correspondence between Helmut Kallman and Ethelwyn Harlow (University Archivist) regarding Kallman's research and subsequent article on James Paton Clarke (1807 or 1808 to 1881), written for The Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada (DCB).

Norman Wilks

File consists of two copies of a speech given by Sir Ernest MacMillan at the unveiling of a portrait of Norman Wilks (1885-1944), who taught at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (1928-1944). The file also contains a clipping of the newspaper article "'Met' head to accept Conservatory portrait" regarding the acceptance of the portrait by Edward Johnson on behalf of the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

John Weinzweig

File consists of copies of newspaper articles and programs featuring John Weinzweig and a copy of a memorandum from CBC AM Radio regarding two radio shows on Weinzweig (1973). Weinzweig (1913-2006) taught at the Faculty of Music in the University of Toronto from 1952 until his retirement in 1978.

John Beckwith

File consists of copies of newspaper articles and programs featuring John Beckwith, as well as a pamphlet from BMI Canada Limited on the composer, and two programs from performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with program notes by Beckwith.

Talivaldis Kenins

File consists of copies of newspaper articles and programs featuring Talivaldis Kenins. The file includes copies of a recommendation letters from Nadia Boulanger and Henri Dutilleux.

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)

Victor Feldbrill

File consists of a copy of an interview with the Canadian conductor and violinist Victor Feldbrill (b. 1924), conducted by Gwen Storr.

Helmut Max Kallmann

File consists of a copy of the speech given by Dean John Beckwith of the Faculty of Music to the Chancellor of the University for the award of the degree Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) to Helmut Max Kallmann at the University of Toronto Convocation 1971.

Monographs

File contains:

  • The Toronto Conservatory of Music: a retrospect, 1886-1936, compiled from material collected by Dr. F.J. Horwood
  • Opera and the University of Toronto, 1946-1971 / by Kenneth W. Peglar
  • University of Toronto : a brief sketch of its history and its organization
  • University of Toronto : higher education in music (photocopy)

Opera school

File contains programs, photographs, and some correspondence regarding the Opera School at the Faculty of Music.

News

File contains numbers 25 to 30 of the Faculty of Music newsletter.

Noteworthy

File contains copies of the Faculty of Music Newsletter, which was published weekly from 1987 until 1992; and annually from 1993 to 1997 and from 1999 until 2007.

Undergraduate association publications

File contains:

  • 1960, 1966 : The muse (ML 5 M6177)
  • 1968-1972 : This week at E.J.B. (ML 5 T43)
  • 1969 : The calendar from our side
  • 1970 : Das Helpautbuchlein
  • 1971-1972 : Da capo (ML 5 D14)
  • 1976 : Dies-Khord
  • 1985 : EJB 84-85 at a glance (MT 5 T68F3464)
  • 1986-1987 : Cadenza (MT 5 T68F33)
  • 1986, 1987 : Ars novae musicae
  • 1995 : Keynote
  • 1998 : Keynote
  • 2000 : FMUA Newsletter
  • 2002 : Take note, opus 1, no. 1, term 1

Music graduate students' association publications

File contains:

  • 1978 : A basic repertory of music literature.
  • 1993/94 : Newsletter ; Survival guide, 2d ed. ; Using the internet, by Andrew M. Zinck.
  • 2000 : Discourses in music : a Canadian graduate student journal : www.discourses.ca/

Publicity flyers

File includes 1962 opening program; a photograph of Edward Johnson's daughter at the cornerstone-laying event for the Edward Johnson building; and, a program, newspaper clipping, and photograph from Zoltan Kodaly's honorary doctorate.

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