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Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
13
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1919-1989
Physical Description
11 cm of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
Maurice Solway (1906-2001) was a violinist, music teacher, composer, author and actor who lived and worked for most of his life in Toronto. Although he was highly respected as a musician in Toronto, and thoroughly immersed in the city’s musical culture from the 1920s until the 1980s, his greatest fame came to him later in life, as an actor in the Academy Award nominated NFB short film “The Violin”.
Maurice Solway's family lived at 164 York Street, Toronto, where he was born, in 1906. His parents, Jakob (b.1877) and Roza Solway (b.1877), had only just emigrated that year from Halofzen, Russia, where Jakob had been a musician and band leader. In Canada, Jakob adopted his father's trade and worked as a Kosher butcher, in Toronto’s St. John’s Ward. As a youth, Maurice played the violin in variety programmes with his sister, Dora, accompanying him on piano. His father was his first teacher, but he quickly showed enough promise to warrant private lessons with Harry Adaskin, and later with Dr. Luigi von Kunits, at the Canadian Academy of Music. He also studied at the Hambourg Conservatory in Toronto with Henri Czaplinsky and Geza de Kresz, starting in 1921.
Solway began his professional career with the New Symphony, which later became the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). During the 1920s, he also played in the Famous Players Cinema orchestras that accompanied silent films, and performed lunch concerts in Toronto hotel and department store orchestras, professional venues that would disappear by the 1930s.
From 1926 to 1928, Solway left Canada to study in Brussels with the highly regarded violinist, Eugène Ysaÿe. There he befriended other students of Ysaÿe, such as Nathan Milstein, William Primrose, Viola Mitchell, Robert Velton, and Joseph Gingold.
Upon his return to Toronto, Solway gave several recitals that were both critically and publicly well-received. Few such opportunities, however, existed in Canada at the time, and Solway was obliged to find work in-between solo concerts. He also suffered an injury to his left hand while moving a piano in 1929 that required him to adjust his technique for three fingers and interfered with his being able to play comfortably for a number of years.
He was married in 1930 to Anne Cass (1907-1994), and they had a son, Stephen. Facing his financial obligations to his new family, he opted for the more dependable income of orchestral playing versus the riskier and transitory life of a soloist. Besides classical music, he played with jazz groups like the Jolly Bachelor’s Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Jerome Kern, and Percy Faith, and on numerous recordings for the CBC, CFCA, and CKGW radio stations. He also played chamber music with the Joyce Trio, founded by Simeon Joyce (piano) and featuring Charles Mathe (cello).
In 1952, Solway retired from the TSO, dedicating himself to his chamber playing and radio work. He founded the Solway String Quartet (SSQ) in 1947, with Marcus Adeney (cello), Nathan Green (viola) and Jack Groob (violin). The quartet played a mixed repertoire that included standard classical music with more widely recognized popular songs and new compositions, especially works by Canadian composers such as Howard Cable, John Weinzweig and Jean Coulthard. Sponsored by the Ontario Board of Education and the CBC, the SSQ played rural Ontario towns and broadcast concerts for a wide demographic of music listeners. In 1955, they performed the Canadian debut of the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Quintet for guitar and strings with Andres Segovia. The SSQ, with frequent changes in personnel, continued performing until 1968. Other players in the SSQ included Robert Warburton, Martin Chenhall, Murray Adaskin, Arthur Milligan, Charles Dobias, Eugene Hudson, Berul Sugerman, Joseph Pach and Ivan Romanoff.
In 1973, Solway was invited to act in a short children’s film “The Violin,” co-produced by George Pastic and Andrew Walsh. Solway also contributed the original music to the film, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1975. Following the success of the film, Solway also appeared on television, making guest appearances with Sharon, Lois and Bram, on the Elephant Show and Mr. Dressup. During this time, his wife Anne traveled with him and managed his appointments.
Solway was also a violin teacher throughout his career. In 1989, he published a preparatory book, Fiddling for Fun: the Visual and Aural Art of Violin Playing, in which he outlined a new theory for violin practice that proposed an easy to use visual system for familiarizing students with intervals and fingerboard positions.
He also wrote an autobiography, Recollections of a Violinist, in 1984, and continued to lecture and speak about music. In 1981 and 1983 he devised a lecture performance series to commemorate Ysaÿe, the proceeds of which went to the establishment of a music scholarship at the Royal Conservatory. As he began to play less frequently in the 1980s, he also began to compose more regularly, completing more than one hundred compositions, primarily works for solo violin and for violin and piano. As a composer, he returned frequently to folk themes and completed a series of songs based on his travels around the world. Among his folk themes are songs inspired by his visits to such diverse countries as Norway, Maui, Japan, Israel and Spain.
Maurice Solway was affiliated with the Beth Tzedec Synagogue and frequently contributed to charity concerts and fundraising efforts for organizations such as the Inner City Angels, a cultural society for disadvantaged children. He died in 2001 in Toronto.
Scope and Content
The Solway fonds is arranged into twelve files. The documents relate to Solway's professional activities as a musician, educator, composer, actor and author. These include printed texts, photographs, original music scores, promotional materials, programmes, audio cassettes, articles, correspondence, radioscripts and a video.
Notes
Includes 31 photographs, 2 v. of text, 1 videocassette (VHS) and 17 audio cassettes.
Name Access
Solway, Maurice, 1906-2001
Subjects
Musicians
Related Material
Fonds 25, Series 11, Item 9: Photo cabinet, photo #179 (oversized)
Photo cabinet, photo #501
Two titles in the archives library collection (1984-12-6) (1 title missing 15 Aug. 2006)
A vertical file has been created for Maurice Solway.
Creator
Solway, Maurice, 1906-2001
Accession Number
1988-10-9
1991-3-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-?]-1989
Physical Description
26 photographs : b&w and col. (7 negatives) ; 35 x 28 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs documenting Solway's professional career as a violinist, from his early studies in Brussels, through his career as a prominent Canadian chamber musician and soloist, to his late performances as an established pedagogical figure.
Notes
There are no negatives for accession 1991-3-3. The negatives from accession 1988-10-9 are copies made by the archives from the original photographic prints.
Related Material
Additional graphic images of Solway are located in the promotional material of this fonds, as well as in the Levine and Cass family fonds (photo cabinet #179), and also photo cabinet #501.
Arrangement
The file contains 26 photographs. The 18 images of the database are arranged chronologically, however, the photographs and negatives are kept with their original accession in two separate folders.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 15 cm
Admin History/Bio
Solway notes in his autobiography that Ysaÿe encouraged his pupils to look beyond the study of music alone. He encouraged them to travel and to investigate other arts in order to enrich their understanding of the world.
Notes
Photo is signed with a stylized character, and inscribed on the back, "Vous avez connu ce lieue et vous y avez travaille avec le vrai [lu?]," roughly translated as "You have known this place and there understood its truth." In another hand it has been identified as "Ysaÿe's studio in Brussels." It is unclear who has made these inscriptions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1924
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 21 cm
Admin History/Bio
Boris Hambourg was one of Michael Hambourg's sons and a teacher at the Hambourg Conservatory, a private music school in Toronto, Ontario that operated from 1911-1951. The Hambourgs brought many European performers and music teachers to Toronto and their school was regarded as a cultural centre for the emerging artistic community of early 20th century Toronto. Maurice Solway studied at the conservatory with Henri Czaplinsky, before travelling to Europe.
Scope and Content
Dedication on the photograph reads: "To the gifted violinist Maurice Solway wishing him much success. Boris Hambourg. June 23 1924. [Marrall?] Toronto, Ont."
Notes
The negative is a copy taken from the original photograph. The print is a copy from the new negative.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1926
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Solway and Koldofsky are pictured in a pension residence in Brussels.
Notes
Print and negative are copies from the original made by the archives.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1926
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 35 x 28 cm
Scope and Content
Maurice Solway is on the far right hand side of the photo. In the centre is Ysaÿe with his hands upon Viola Mitchell's shoulders. Beside her is Nathan Milstein. Other people depicted in the photograph, but not identified, are: Nina-Magda Lavanchy, Mary Lotte, Mozia Novomist, Jeannette Dincin (who became Ysaÿe's wife three years later, after the death of his first wife), Robert Velton, and Grish Monasevitch.
Notes
Not an original photograph. Oversize print and negative from original photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1926
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This photo is taken outside the entrance of Ysaÿe's home. Gingold and Solway are arm in arm and posturing jovially. The word written across the gate is "la chanterelle", which is the colloquial name for the highest string on the violin (the E string).
Notes
The photo is taped with transparent tape at the top and has been written upon the back in pencil. An earlier message appears to have been erased from under the newer identifying inscription.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1928
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
The photo depicts Solway with his teacher, circa his debut of Ysaÿe's "Kreisler" Sonata for solo violin.
Notes
The photo is signed, "[K. Lonthie?], Bruselles" [note: original French spelling], possibly indicating the photographer.
The print and negative are copies from the original.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1934
Physical Description
3 photographs ; b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
The photograph is of Maurice Solway with his pupils, who have formed a string orchestra with piano. The caption under the photograph indicates that the concert was a violin recital at the Canadian Forester's Hall on May 10th, 1934. Maurice Solway is conducting and the concert was assisted by the Musical Arts College String Orchestra. Two prints were made from the original by the archives.
Notes
Photographed by A.E. Mackintosh, commercial press, 58 Carlton St., Toronto, Ontario.
The original print is 19 x 26 cm.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1949]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Members of the quartet in this photograph are, left to right: Jack Groob (violin), Maurice Solway (violin), Marcus Adeney (cello), and Robert Warburton (viola).
Notes
Photograph by John Steele: 22 Sackville St. - Toronto 5 - Canada.
Stamped with a credit line copyright stamp No 49157-7.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1949]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Featured personnel of the quartet are, left to right: Maurice Solway and Jack Groob (violins), Marcus Adeney (cello), and Robert Warburton (viola).
Notes
Photograph is by Alex Gray, 90 Carlton St., Toronto.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1949
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The photograph was taken on 9 Sept. 1949. Pictured are members of the Solway String Quartet: Maurice Solway and Jacob Groob (violins), Robert Warburton (viola) and Marcus Adeney (cello). On the back of the photograph the personnel are written in pencil, along with the inscription "Solway String Quartet - played at the Exhibition Shell before 40 000 people".
Notes
Photograph by the Toronto Star.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1955
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
This photo is taken from the Canadian debut of the Castelnuovo-Tedesco quintet for guitar and strings. The players visible in this photograph are, left to right: Ivan Romanoff (viola), Andres Segovia (guitar) and Maurice Solway (violin).
Notes
The photo is signed and dated by Andres Segovia in pen. The date and identification are written on the back in pencil.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1958]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The quartet is posed, looking over a musical score, and holding their instruments. Members of the quartet are, left to right: Eugene Hudson (viola), Charles Dobias (violin), Marcus Adeney (cello), and leader Maurice Solway (holding the score).
Notes
Photo by Donald McKague.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1972
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
Depicted, left to right, are: Leon Weinstein (obscured), Maurice Solway, Aaron Waife, and Jack Benny.
Notes
Not an original photograph. Print and negative from original photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1976
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm
Scope and Content
The photograph is of Maurice Solway from a performance in London, Ontario.
Notes
The photograph is mounted on a cardstock and inscribed on the back: "[Novack?] Residence, London/ 76. To Maurice, With my compliments and appreciation for a memorable evening of music and conversation. [Shirly?] Brownstone."
Places
London (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1977
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
This photograph was taken at Blackwell School in Sarnia, Ontario.
Notes
The print and negative were created by the archives from the original.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
16
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1983]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 21 cm
Notes
Photo by Tony Hauser.
Black and white print is a copy from a colour negative.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1989
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 11 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Solway leads a procession with his violin on a crowded city sidewalk, in Toronto. The event is the 20th anniversary (4 Jun. 1989) of the Inner City Angels. The day involved performing works by and for inner city youths.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1989
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 11 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Maurice Solway is depicted playing his violin for a group of spectators and is surrounded by children. Most of these children are wearing white t-shirts that have "[?ing] Hands for the Arts 1989" written on them. The event is the 20th anniversary (4 Jun. 1989) of the Inner City Angels. The day involved performing works by and for inner city youths.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1923-1989
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In his lifetime, Maurice Solway composed over one hundred compositions, predominantly for violin and piano. Many of these were published by E.C. Kerby Ltd. and Berandol Music Ltd., both music publishers based in Toronto. Of these compositions, "Reminiscence and Warum," original music from the movie "The violin," remains in print.
Scope and Content
These are typically short instrumental compositions by Maurice Solway for solo violin, duet violin, violin and flute, and violin with piano accompaniment. One piece is written for cello. Most of these scores are dated in the 1970s and 1980s, but a number of them earlier and others are undated. Many of the pieces bear a dedication, frequently to pupils, friends, or family members with several of these marking important anniversaries and occasions. The longest composition is ten pages and many of the pieces are a single page in length or shorter. The file also includes four short compositions by Maurice's father, Jakob, including three dated from the 1920s, and another lyrical song by Maurice's brother, Sam Solway, co-written with Jack Lewis in 1935. Two copies of csardas, or gypsy songs, composed in 1986, by Maurice Solway are included with the material from acc. # 1988-10-9.
Arrangement
The copies and originals are mixed. They have been arranged in chronological order, where dates are available. Where more than one date is written on a score, the arrangement is by the earliest date. The undated scores are kept at the back of the folder.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956-1989
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains folders from two accessions:
The folder from accession 1991-3-3 contains eighteen printed scores with extensive intonation notes, hand written on the scores by the author, and one method book, “Fiddling for fun: the visual and aural art of violin playing”. Two of the titles were published by Berandol Music Limited; Sixteen titles are published by E.C. Kerby Limited; and one title (co-written with Bill Isbister) entitled "Open fireplace" was published by BMI Canada and is marked as an "artist copy". This last is an imperfect photocopy of the original and is cut off at the bottom of the first and second page. It is also missing the cover. All the other documents are printed original scores.
The folder from accession 1988-10-9 contains five unmarked printed scores. Three of the compositions are duplicate copies of pieces found in accession 1991-3-3. This file also includes the original sheet music from the movie "The Violin", published in 1973.
Notes
The majority of these works were published in the 1980s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926-1958
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file contains low quality photocopies from the original scrapbook. These are primarily of newspaper clippings regarding recitals and reviews from Toronto newspapers in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1919-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The correspondence includes reflections upon music, personal and professional recommendations and several personal letters of thanks. Most of these are originals but a few photocopies are included. The correspondents in this file include: Fanny Gottesman, Luigi von Kunits, Eugène Ysaÿe, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Henrietta Wilkinson, Grace Lerner, Lionel De May, Joseph Gingold, Nathan Milstein, Stephen Fry, Dorothy Soichet and [Theresa Mc-?].
Notes
Much of the content of one of the photocopies is unclear, perhaps having been made from a particularly fragile original, and has been kept at the end of the folder, out of sequence with the other pieces of correspondence.
Arrangement
The records in this file are arranged chronologically.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
6
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1974-1985
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 25 min.) : duplicate, col. VHS and other material
Admin History/Bio
"The Violin" was a short film by Andrew Welsh and George Pastic, released in 1974, and featuring Maurice Solway as the old man. The producers approached Maurice Solway about being in their film while making initial casting inquiries among Solway's students in regard to the children’s roles in the film. Eventually, they persuaded Solway to star in the film, shot on Ward Island, Toronto, in 1972 and 1973. Solway also wrote the original music and became the film's principle promoter, speaking in schools and at screenings of the film. The film promotes peace and understanding through the power of music and the exchange of knowledge and friendship between the old and the young. In 1975 it was nominated for an Academy Award. The spin-off book was published in 1976. Solway, with the managerial assistance of his wife, Anne, took on the role of promoting the film and saw it as his crowning achievement, the expression of what he wanted to be remembered for, after a career in music and education. The film was made for $25,000 and eventually grossed over $700,000. It was broadcast frequently on CBC in Canada, and CBS in the United States. It was even given a special screening for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Scope and Content
This file includes a VHS copy of the original short video of "The Violin" , the accompanying book, correspondence, and promotional materials related to Maurice Solway's speaking tours in promotion of the film. These materials include a picture postcard and numerous posters and programmes for specific speaking and performance engagements associated with the release and screenings of the film. Also included are two hand-coloured children's illustrations of violins with accompanying letters to Solway, from children who had seen the film and wrote to express their appreciation. "The violin: a children's story" (McGraw-Hill: 1976) also uses stills from the film. The text was written by Robert Thomas Allen, from the story by Pastic and Welsh. Solway's score for the film is reproduced in the back of the children's book.
Notes
Includes 1 videocassette (VHS), 1 v. of text, 1 folder of textual records, and 3 graphic images (2 illustrations, 1 picture postcard).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1927-1989
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
A number of articles in magazines and loose clippings were donated in both of the Solway accessions. These are kept with the original accessions in two folders. Included in accession # 1988-10-9 are six articles relating to Maurice Solway's career in professional music. Included in accession # 1991-3-3 are a number of original and copied articles, including a photocopy of the European magazine review of Solway's debut as a soloist from 1927, several reviews in CBC publications, various loose articles and published magazines containing articles about or by Maurice Solway.
Arrangement
These articles are arranged in chronological order within their respective folders.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1922-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Concert programmes for this file are gathered in two accessions. Together these records document Solway's performance career as a soloist and in the New Symphony, the TSO, the Joyce Trio, the Solway String Quartet, and with various other ensembles in Toronto and throughout Ontario. The programme bills are arranged chronologically in each of two separate folders, separated according to the original accessions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1958], 1972
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm on mount 28 x 36 cm
4 photographs : b&w (2 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photo mounted on an original poster of the Solway String Quartet. Pictured in the photograph are, left to right: Albert Pratz (back turned to camera), Leon Weinstein, Stanley Solomon, Maurice Solway and Jack Benny. On the poster Maurice Solway is depicted in the upper left corner of the poster image. Below him, from left to right are Charles Dobias (violin), Eugene Hudson (viola) and Marcus Adeney (cello). The faces of the quartet on the poster are superimposed upon the background of a hand playing the violin. The remaining images in the file were produced by the archive from the original.
Notes
The dimensions of the poster, adjusted for orientation, are 36 x 28 cm.
Poster photo images by Donald McKague.
The original is located in the reception map cabinet. The negatives and prints are kept in box 58-2-4.
Related Material
The photograph is from the same evening as file 1, item 13.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1960
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file contains 7 copies of the original radio typescripts for CBC programmes that aired performances by Maurice Solway. Some of these typescript show signs of considerable revision, and thus illustrate the kinds of changes that are made prior to broadcast in the radioscripts for musical programmes.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file contains five original and copied documents of assembled press releases and reviews used for promotional purposes by Maurice Solway. The format of these documents tends to be the reproduction of selected acclamations from newspaper and journal articles.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 13; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Level
File
Fonds
13
File
12
Material Format
text
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
1 v.
Admin History/Bio
Maurice Solway studied and taught at the Hambourg Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, between 1921 and 1926. His teachers there included Henri Czaplinsky and Geza de Kresz. By arrangement with the Conservatory he subsidized his own studies with these violinists by teaching younger students.
Scope and Content
The syllabus is 72 pages and outlines the course of study for students in the conservatory. The back pages of the syllabus include numerous advertisements for music and student related companies from that time in Toronto.
Source
Archival Descriptions
31 records – page 1 of 1.