- 1901-1957 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
20 cm of textual records
Name of creator
Franck Blachford was a violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer. He was born on December 28, 1879 in Toronto, Ontario and passed away on June 24, 1957 in Calgary, Alberta. He studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (TCM) with Bertha Drechsler Adamson and graduated with his ATCM in 1897, before continuing his studies at the Leipzig Conservatory with Hans Sitt and Carl Reinecke, graduating in 1901 with the Helbig prize. He then studied in Geneva, Switzerland with Henri Marteau and in Berlin, Germany. He returned to Canada in 1901 and taught at the TCM until his death. He was also concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra (1906-1908) and the Welsman Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1908-1918), and was a first violinist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1932-1946). He also performed as a solo violinist. As a chamber musician, he founded the Toronto String Wuartet in 1907; performed with the Schumann Trio (1902-1905), the Conservatory Trio (1926-1928); and, conducted the Conservatory String Orchestra (1914-1925) and the Victoria College Orchestra (1920-1930). In 1932, he formed the Blachford String Symphony, a group of 16 musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Blachford's compositions include pedagogical works for violin, and transcriptions of baroque and romantic music for string quartet and orchestra. He also wrote a number of songs.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Materials were donated to the University of Toronto Music Library by Frank Blachford's daughter in 1987.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Fonds consists of transcriptions and original compositions for string quartet and orchestra, copies of Frank Blachford's songs, and a program from a performance by Blachford at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Many of Blachford's transcriptions are not dated.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
No further accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
Files are listed in alphabetical order, with the exception of the last file, "Works by other composers," which contains copies of published scores owned and used by Blachford.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
The Frank Blachford fonds is stored offsite at Downsview. To consult items in this collection, please contact the Music Library at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.