Series 1 - Montreal Mendelssohn Choir donation

Summer is Nigh : Part-Song To All You Ladies Now on Land : Choral Song The Curfew Bell : A Four-Part Song Far Out of Sight Jack and Jill : A Four-Part-Song Break, Break, Break on Thy Cold Grey Stones, O Sea : A Four-Part Song Out on the Waters : Part-Song for Mixed Voices

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Montreal Mendelssohn Choir donation

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CA MDML 013-1

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  • approximately 1850 to 1894 (Creation)
    Montreal Mendelssohn Choir
    Montréal (Québec)

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7 volumes of choral sheet music

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The Montreal Mendelssohn Choir was one of the longest-running musical institutions in Montreal in the nineteenth century. Formed in 1864 by eight choristers from Montreal’s Presbyterian community and directed by Joseph Gould (1833-1913), the Choir grew to include sixty-five members by 1880 and over one hundred in the early 1890s. It served as a musical club for the city’s prosperous English merchant and business classes, with an artistic mission that emphasized good singing of unaccompanied part-song repertoire. The Choir disbanded in 1894 and subsequently donated to McGill University the contents of its musical library in addition to 250 volumes of musical literature.

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The Montreal Mendelssohn Choir donated eight volumes of choral sheet music from the Choir’s library in 1895, a year after the Choir’s dissolution. There are only seven extant volumes in the collection because volume 6 has been missing since at least the 1980s.

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The original donation comprised volumes 1 to 8; volume 6 is missing.

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