Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann

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Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann
Born 1885
Died 1946
Occupation composer, violinist

Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann (c. 1855 – 30 March 1946) was a Canadian composer of operettas, conductor and educator, and violinist best known for his operetta Leo, the Royal Cadet.[1]

He was born in Mengeringhausen (now part of Bad Arolsen), Waldeck, Germany, and at an early age emigrated with his parents to Kingston, Ontario. He began his musical studies in Canada. In 1882, with his siblings, he formed the Telgmann Concert Party, a touring ensemble. He founded, in 1892, the Kingston Conservatory of Music and School of Elocution of which he was principal for over 25 years. In 1914, he founded the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted until his retirement in 1936. Alida Jackson (Telgmann) was his wife. Their daughter Mignon Telgmann (b. 1898) was a violin teacher.

He composed three operettas, The Miller and the Maid, King of Siam and Leo, the Royal Cadet. The latter achieved over 1,700 performances between its premiere in 1889 and 1925 and has recently been revived in a revised version.[2] Other compositions included marches such as Boo Hoo's Queen's Dominion Victory March (1922) and The Mascot: Boo Hoo's March to Queen's Rugby Team. He composed songs such as The Nutcracker Mazurka, Mr. Craig, The Laird of Glenburne, and Scotch Country Dance.[3]

Telgmann died in Toronto in 1946 at the age of approximately 91. A music bursary established by his family in his memory and that of his daughter Mignon (born 1898)[4] was subsequently established at Queen's University.[5]


Boo Hoo taken by Anne Kloosterman
Leo, the Royal Cadet Opera by Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann based on Royal Military College of Canada
  • The Boo Hoo the Bear mascot [music] Boo-Hoo's march for piano / composed by Oscar Telgmann Toronto: Whaley, Royce, [s.d.][6]
  • Leo, the Royal Cadet, Ho! Ho! My Airy Fairy Maid, Ho! Ho! My Pretty Maid, I met him in the far away from Opera and Operetta Excerpts Composer: Oscar Telgmann Words: George Frederick Cameron[7]
  • Farewell, O Fragrant Pumpkin Pie from Leo, the Royal Cadet Composer: Oscar Telgmann Words: George Frederick Cameron[8]
  • Klondyke march and two step [microform] / [music by] Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann Kingston: Music Emporium, c1897[9]
  • The British Whig march [for piano] / by Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann Kingston, Ont. c1900[10]
  • Our Premier [music] / words by George Frederick Cameron; music by Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann Kingston, Ont. : C.J. Cameron, c 1885 in honour of John A. Macdonald[11]
  • Scotch Country Dance for piano and violin music by Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann Kingston, Ont.[12]
  • The Usual way for medium voice and piano by Oscar Ferdinand Telgmann Kingston, Ont.[13]


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