Missing violin concerto rediscovered at uToronto

January 7, 2016

A violin concerto by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen, long thought lost, has been rediscovered by librarians at the University of Toronto. The work is believed to have been performed only once, by renowned Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow, in 1909. The score for the work was donated to the library after Parlow’s death in 1963, but it was separated from the rest of the collection. “We are delighted that the Halvorsen violin concerto has been found,” said Acting Head Librarian Suzanne Meyers Sawa. “We are so happy to be a part of the restoration of this work to the repertoire, and we look forward to participating in the symposium next summer where we will hear the piece performed for the first time in more than a century!" Toronto Star | Slipped Disc | uToronto