- 1912-1956 (Creation)
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15 cm of textual records + 1 photograph (2 boxes)
Name of creator
Emmy Heim was born in Vienna, Austria on September 10, 1885 and died in Toronto, Ontario on October 13, 1954.
Initially taught by her mother, she went on to study voice with Frances Mütter in Vienna. She made her debut performance in Vienna in 1911, and went on to tour Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Poland. Heim frequently performed the songs of Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf, as well as contemporary works by Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky.
By 1930, she had moved to England, and between 1934 and 1939, she spent time in Canada, giving lecture-recitals and teaching at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (TCM). She permanently moved to Canada in 1946 and taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (RCMT) until her death. Her students included Eileen Law and Lois Marshall.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated with materials from the Estate of Elizabeth Benson Dentay (nee Guy) in 2015. Subsequent accruals from the Estates of Greta Kraus Dentay and Elizabeth Benson Dentay (nee Guy) in 2020 (A2020-09 and A2020-10). When these materials came into the possession of Greta Kraus and Elizabeth Benson-Guy is unknown.
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Scope and content
Fonds consists of Emmy Heim's lecture notes for the Toronto Conservatory of Music (TCM) and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (RCMT), correspondence, programs, posters, and a photograph. Fonds also includes manuscripts of songs written for, or copied by, Emmy Heim.
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Arranged in 4 series : (A) Correspondence; (B) Lecture notes; (C) Programs; (D) Memorablia; (E) Music manuscripts.
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Most of Heim's lecture notes are in English. Correspondence includes letters in English and German. Programs predominantly in English and German; a couple programs in Czech, Romanian, and Hungarian.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Revised March 2, 2022. RS. Added 2015 donation; found in compact shelving on lower level of library.