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.
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.