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BLACHFORD, FRANK, 1879-1957
MUS 284


Frank Blachford fonds.  - 1927-1944.  - 3 cm of textual records. 

Biographical sketch
Toronto-born Frank Blachford studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music with Bertha Drechsler, at the Leipzig Conservatory with Hans Sitt and Carl Reinecke, in Geneva with Henri Marteau and in Berlin.  Returning to Canada in 1901, he quickly earned a reputation as an excellent violinist and performed with a number of ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1932-46), the New Symphony Orchestra (1923), the Schumann Trio (1902-05) and the Conservatory Trio (1926-28).  He also founded the Toronto String Quartet in 1907 and the Blachford String Symphony in 1932, with 16 musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  He taught at the Toronto Conservatory of Music for many years. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to Frank Blachford's composing activities:  autographed manuscripts of compositions (Eagle's Nest, Moon Chutes, Romance in E flat, etc.). 

Immediate source of acquisition:  unknown. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  none. 



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