There's Music in These Walls: A History of the Royal Conservatory of Music

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Dundurn, 2005 - History - 288 pages
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The Royal Conservatory of Music, founded in 1886, is rich in history and genius. Its long tradition of excellence in musical training and examining places it among the leading music schools of the world. Glenn Gould, Lois Marshall, Teresa Stratas, Jon Vickers, Mario Bernardi, and many other international artists have studied there. Amply illustrated, with over forty photographs dating back to the school's first years, this book is an unvarnished account of its controversial leaders, its successes and failures, its encounters with the musical and academic world, and its passions. In this smoothly paced narrative, your favourite musicians, teachers, and examiners will come to life to revive your memories.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
The Setting
13
Toronto Has a Music School
17
Music Education and Money
39
The Depression Years
57
Exciting Times
83
The Travails of Reorganization
111
A Decade of Widening Horizons
129
Free at Last
211
An Independent School
227
A Building for the Future
247
Chronology
253
List of Abbreviations
256
List of Interviews
258
Endnotes
260
Photo Credits
278

Buildings Old and New
151
Cooperation Ends
167
Struggles for Direction
187

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Page 27 - OF THE TORONTO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC As when to weary watchers of the night Appears the silver star which ushers in The dawn of day, ere yet Aurora's robes Sweep through the portals of the east and leave A train of saffron glory, so to us, Weary of waiting, shines the welcome star Which ushers in the dawn of brighter day For Music and her votaries...

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Ezra Schabas is professor emeritus, University of Toronto, and was Principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music (1978-1983). He has written two major biographies: Theodore Thomas: America's Conductor and Builder of Orchestras (University of Illinois Press, 1989), and Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian (University of Toronto Press, 1994), which won the 1995 City of Toronto Book Award.

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