May 24, 2022

Canada: A Long-Lost Violin Concerto Discovered in a University of Toronto Library Basement

From the CBC:

Last year, University of Toronto music librarian James Mason was spending a lot of time on two different projects. One was a gargantuan effort to digitize the library’s collection of scores, correspondence, photos and concert programmes that once belonged to the legendary Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow. The other was a bit of comparatively unexciting database clean-up.

One day, as Mason was perusing the cells of a massive spreadsheet while working on that second, less exciting project, he noticed something odd. Four or five of the library’s records were all out of sorts. Cells that should have had information in them were blank; cells that should have been blank were full of stuff. And, as he kept trying to work out what the heck was going on, one name emerged again and again: Kathleen Parlow.

Mason hadn’t been working on the Parlow collection at the time, he might not have thought anything of it. But he was, so he got curious. He descended into the deep, dark bowels of the U of T music library in search of answers — and he emerged with the handwritten manuscript of a violin concerto that’s been thought lost for over a century.

Read the Complete Article and Interview with University of Toronto Librarian, James Mason and his colleague, Meyers Sawa.

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