I've been asked to post the following message on behalf of Jon Becker
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subscribe to the list. FYI- none of these recordings are in the CSO
Archives, nor is there any particular reason to believe they are extant.


Brenda Nelson-Strauss




Edward Joseph Collins, American composer/pianist/conductor (1886-1951)

CONTACT: Jon Becker, Coordinator, Edward Joseph Collins Project (

Arts & Education Consultant
POB 3292, Madison, WI  53704 USA
877.223.8068 toll free tel / 608.469.0316 cell /  608.242.8525 tel / fax

The Collins project aims to restore the composer's music legacy, with a
priority on digital engraving  and recording of all the music. Seven CDs
are already available from Albany  Records and two more are planned,
toward a complete recorded anthology.

The only extant recording of the composer is some silent film footage of
him performing at a grand piano, likely his own composition "The 5:48",
an evocation of a Chicago commuter train), probably from the 1940s.

The project is seeking additional recordings, for research purposes and
for possible inclusion in the anthology or on  a website ( www.EdwardJ

The following occasions are the most likely to have been filmed,
recorded, or broadcast.

                    US Army 88th Division (intelligence) doughboys
(dancers, actors, singers, chorus, and orchestra)
                    Champs Elysses Theatre, Paris, France 
12-17 MAY 1919     Who Can Tell?
                    *  music theater  work (burlesque) for which Collins
composed music, while in military service  during  and after WWI
                    *  President Wilson and Gen. Pershing attended
17MAY1919 performance (possible sound or film recording?)
                    * was also performed in Madison WI 1921-22, a city
where radio broadcasting was begun earlier in the century
                       * Collins received a post-WWI bandmaster
appointment by John Phillips Sousa

                    Chicago Symphony Orchestra performances (w/ possible
radio broadcasts)
                    Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Frederick Stock, conductor
(unless otherwise noted)
28-29 MAR 1924      Mardi Gras     
27-28 MAR 1925        Concerto for Piano, E-flat Major (No. 1) [Ed Jos
Collins, soloist]
04-05 MAR 1927     Tragic Overture     
03-04 DEC 1931     Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra (No. 2) [Ed Jos
Collins, soloist]
17-18 APR 1941     Lament and Jig (one variation from the multi-composer
work Variations on an American Folk-Song)     
05-06 MAR 1942     Tragic Overture [Ed Jos Collins, conductor]     
25-26 MAR 1943     Concerto for Piano, B Minor (No. 3) [Ed Jos Collins,

                    band (name unknown) with soloist soprano Olive
Arthur, concerts (w/radio broadcasts, likely live)
                    Grant Park  Band Shell, Chicago; conductor unknown
18 & 26 JUL 1939     Daughter of the South (opera, in one act)
                    * selection(s) arranged  for soprano with band, by
someone other than the composer, incl. 'Mary Lou's aria'
                    * Collins wrote in his journal that the 2nd
performance's broadcast  was heard by relatives in Fish Creek WI and
Joliet IL

                    "Monte Parnassus" radio hour; Monte Hall, host
3 FEB 1940          * Lecture  on the "problems of the composer" by
Collins, broadcast live
                    * Collins wrote in his journal that the radio
broadcast was heard by relatives in Joliet IL

                    WOR radio station, New York City
                    Alfred "Wally" Wallenstein, musical director 
> 21 NOV  1940     Lil' David Play on Yo' Harp for orchestra
                    * Collins wrote in his journal that  he made an
arrangement of this piano solo work 
                         after his friend Wally promised to perform it
                    * formerly a Chicago SO cellist, Wallenstein also
became director of an NBC orchestra series, 
                         that was broadcast following Toscanini series