Edward Johnson, tenor and administrator, was born in Guelph, ON, in 1878. He sang in Europe (as "Edoardo di Giovanni") from 1912-1919, and in North America from 1919-1935. From 1935-1950 he was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. The collection contains photographs and postcards from the Edward Johnson collection.
Kathleen Parlow, violinist and teacher, was born in Calgary, 20 September 1890 and died in Oakville, Ont., 19 August 1963. She completed her studies with Leopold Auer at St Petersburg [Leningrad] Conservatory, made her professional debut in Berlin in 1907 and then toured world wide. Returning permanently to Canada in 1941, she taught at the Toronto Conservatory and founded The Canadian Trio, and the Parlow String Quartet.
Henry Frost was active in the musical community of York County, Upper Canada, between the years of 1835 and 1850. Henry Frost left a musical instruction manual, offering a complete course in the rudiments of music, which gives us insight into music education in early Canada.
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The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, programs, photographs and recordings of artists such as John Beckwith, Talivaldis Kenins, Udo Kasemets, the Hart House String Quartet and Kathleen Parlow.
Our music library is one of the best in North America, boasting a collection of over 250,000 volumes and 160,000 recordings. We also provide access to an ever-expanding number of electronic journals and resources.
One of the strengths of our digitization projects is the collection of French Opera scores published before 1923. This collections boasts items from our rare book room, as well as items contributed by partenership institutions including the University of Ottawa.
Our Canadian Sheet Music collection contains approximately 4,000 items featuring either a Canadian imprint or Canadian composer. This digitized collection is a subset of our Sheet Music archival collection.
Scores and books from the University of Toronto Music Library Rare Book Room and special collections.