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Frances Solomon (1906-2002)
Papers relating to study and teaching at the Elder Conservatorium 1921-1970

MSS 0078

Biographical Note

Frances (Francie) Solomon studied at the Elder Conservatorium c1924-31 as a student of the cello under William Silver and Harold Parsons.  Her sisters Ella and Betty also studied at the Conservatorium, Betty completing an Associate Diploma in 1930. On her marriage to Sydney Gould in 1932 Frances ceased her formal studies, but continued to participate in music performance and maintained a friendship with her former teacher Harold Parsons and his family throughout her adult life.

After the family moved to Broken Hill in 1939 she formed a trio with pianist Myra Collins and violinist Doreen Kitchen, who from 1942 played also with the local Philharmonic Society. She joined the Unley Orchestra on the family's return to Adelaide in 1947 and subsequently the Norwood orchestra (of which her husband was President from 1968), playing until the early 1990s.

These papers were kindly donated to the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide by her daughter Janice Gould in November 2002.  A selection from Mrs Frances Gould's printed scores and other published works (including a copy of the score of César Franck's Symphony in D minor, annotated by Parsons "I did the first performance of this symphony in South Australia with the S.A. Symphony Orchestra") were also presented to the Elder Music Library.

Contents Listing

1.  Frances Solomon's RAM/RCA piano examination results (elementary division) 1921.

2.  Letter advising nomination of Frances Solomon as a member of the Common Room Committee 1931.

3.  Letters to Frances Solomon by William Silver and Miriam Hyde, February 1932 and Harold Parsons, August 1961.

4.  Elder Conservatorium students' concert/recital programmes.  c1925-31 (most undated)  7 items.

5.  Program of [Broken Hill] Philharmonic Society concert 24 November 1942 [with cuttings of press reviews and photograph of the trio of Gould, Kitchen and Collins]   photocopy of original held by Janice Gould

6.  Photographs of Frances Solomon with her sisters Betty and Ella c1930; with the Unley Orchestra 1947, and the Norwood Orchestra (undated).  3 items.

7.  Newspaper cuttings re William Silver and Harold Parsons.  1928 -c1970 (most undated) 9 items.

8.  Photographs of Harold Parsons (2 (undated), William Silver (undated), Maxim Brodi (1926) and the Hoch Conservatorium [Frankfurt am Main, where Parsons studied 1905-07] (undated)

9.  Typescript 'Fifty years with the Organ' by Harold Parsons.  undated.  8 p.

10. Issue of South Australian Homes and Garden March 1948 with articles on Harold Parsons and on 'Lenten and Easter Music in Adelaide'.

11. Cantabile by Harold Parson 'for Frances', ms score.  undated

Printed items donated by Janice Gould (now in Elder Music Library)

César Franck Symphony in D minor [score]  (Boosey and Hawkes, 1941)
   inscribed copy of Harold Parsons
C.Chaminade Serenade our piano
Granados Danzas Españolas: V - Addaluza

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