During the Parkhurst era, Musical Canada was essentially a 'journal of musical news and comments' devoted to concert reports and news about performers. Later it became increasingly a combination of sections which served special-interest groups. In 1924 Robertson incorporated The Canadian Bandsman and Orchestra Journal(which he had edited previously as a house publication of R.S. Williams &Co) and in 1928 the CCO began to use Musical Canada as its bulletin, as did the music section of the Ontario Educators Association. When Thiele acquired the journal he moved its offices to Waterloo, Ont. Enlarging the format he inserted sheet music, much of it copyrighted by his Waterloo Music Co, into each issue. Composers included Frederick Egener, Ernest Dainty, Albert Ham, Clifford Higgin, A.W. Hughes, W.O. Forsyth, Leslie Grossmith (whose Air de Ballet won a Musical Canada contest and was printed in the June 1929 issue), Luigi von Kunits, Louis Waizman, and other Canadian and foreign composers. Of historical importance is a series (1928-33) of biographical essays by H.C. Hamilton on Canadian musicians.
The abbreviation MCan is used to designate this journal throughout EMC; Musical Canada is used in EMC to refer to Musical Canada: Words and Music Honouring Helmut Kallmann, ed John Beckwith and Frederick A. Hall (Toronto 1988). The title for this volume of essays was selected to recall the periodicals Musical Canada and Le Canada musical.
Author Helmut Kallmann
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