Fonds MG 3025 - Harry Crane Perrin Fonds

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Harry Crane Perrin Fonds

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CA MUA MG 3025

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  • 1909-1949 (Creation)
    Perrin, Harry Crane, 1865-1953

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32 cm of textual records.

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Harry Crane Perrin, Doctor of Music of Dublin University and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, was born at Wallingsborough, Northamptonshire, England, in 1865. After studying in the British Isles and on the continent, he became the organist and choirmaster of St. Columba's College, Dublin, in 1886. He held similar positions at St. John's Church, Lowestoft, Suffolk (1888-1892), Coventry Cathedral (1892-1898), and Canterbury Cathedral (1898-1908). In 1908 Perrin was appointed as the first professor of music at McGill and the second director of the Conservatorium of Music. When the Faculty of Music was created in 1920, he became the first Dean and held the position until he retired in 1929. He was Emeritus Dean of the Faculty of Music from 1932 to 1952. He passed away a year later.

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Fonds consists mainly of Perrin's typescript lectures (1922-approximately 1929). Some of the lectures are in series, and were probably used in teaching university courses. Some consist of introductory or graduation addresses to music students. Predominant topics include music education, music in Canada, national musical styles, formal and genre developments, aesthetics, and the work of individual composers. Perrin's correspondence comprises a general file (1912-1949) concerning faculty matters, concerts, publications, and personal affairs, a file regarding concert and speaking engagements (1911-1929), and a few letters about the publication of Perrin's Canadian Song Book (1918). Some essays and answers to examination questions stem from Perrin's student years.

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