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Bernard Gagnon Fonds

  • CA MDML 027
  • Fonds
  • 1975-2013

The Bernard Gagnon Fonds consists of audio recordings, including interviews, manuscripts, correspondence, and event documentation of Bernard Gagnon, a Montreal-based electroacoustic composer who recorded his first electroacoustic pieces at McGill’s Schulich School of Music’s Electronic Music Studio (EMS) in the 1980s. The Bernard Gagnon Fonds contains the work of Bernard Gagnon a Montreal-based electoacoustic composer and performer who was active in the avant garde scene in the city during the 1970s and 1980s. He composed his first electroacoustic pieces at McGill’s Schulich School of Music’s Electronic Music Studio (EMS) and the collection includes a 2012 Tenzier recording of these works. The Bernard Gagnon Fonds is divided into 5 series and contains approximately 100 items. The majority of the collection consists of audio recordings, including interviews, manuscripts, correspondence, concert posters and programs.

Gagnon, Bernard

Charles Reiner Collection

  • CA MDML 001
  • Collection
  • 1924?-2006, predominant 1950-1989

The Charles Reiner Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper reviews and clippings, performance programmes, personal documents including legal material, photographs, writings, published and unpublished music by Reiner and other composers, audio and visual recordings of Reiner and other performers, books, and awards. Of particular interest is correspondence from Rudolf Serkin, Alfred Cortot, and Kurt Waldheim; legal documents from both before and after Reiner’s immigration to Canada; and the extensive collection of programmes and newspaper clippings that document Reiner’s extensive performance career.

Reiner, Charles

Donald Mackey Collection

  • CA MDML 004
  • Collection
  • 1935-2004

The Donald Mackey Collection consists of the Donald Mackey and Renaissance Singers of Montreal complete portfolio of CBC broadcast programmes and scripts. In addition, the fond contains documentary artifacts including correspondence, concert programmes, photographs, audio recordings and special projects that chronicle Mackey’s career as conductor of the Renaissance Singers of Montreal and his life in Montreal. This includes information about his professorship at the faculty of music of McGill University, his active involvement in Montreal’s vibrant church music scene as organist and conductor, his appointment as University Organist Emeritus, etc.

Mackey, Donald

Gian Lyman Collection

  • CA MDML L1
  • Fonds
  • 1957?-1967

The fonds includes a letter from Lex [i.e. Alexander Silbiger] to [Professor] Donald [Mackay] of the McGill Faculty of Music [now, Schulich School of Music], and a typed curriculum vitae [undated, but probably from 1974] detailing personal data, degrees and diplomas, performing experience, recordings, teaching experience, and compositional output. Also included is a printed concert program for a performance given by the Department of Music, Brandeis University in Slosberg Recital Hall on Sunday, April 27, 1975. In addition, the fonds comprises copies of scores of Gian Lyman’s compositions, including [Sonata for Organ?], Three Bagatelles for Piano (first performance, Montreal, 1959), Pieces for Oboe and Viola (first performance, Montreal, 1959), String quartet (first performance, Montreal, 1960), Essay for three Viols (first performance, Hartford, 1966), Trio for Violin, Viola, and Piano, Quaternions (flute, violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord), and miscellaneous pieces for choir and organ.

Lyman, Gian

Julius Schloss Collection

  • CA MDML 008
  • Collection
  • 1920-1973

The Julius Schloss Collection consists of Julius Schloss’s complete portfolio of published and unpublished compositions, sketches, studies and analyses. In addition, it contains documentary artefacts, including correspondence, newspaper, magazine and journal clippings, concert and competition programs, media reviews, and photographs, that chronicle both the early life of this German-Jewish composer in Europe and his later days in exile in Shanghai and the United States.
The content of the collection pertains to several lines of historical research: First, Schloss’s close relationship with Alban Berg as a personal assistant and chief copy editor, as well as his interaction with other contemporaries in Vienna during the 1920s, may offer new insight in studies of the Second Viennese School. The items of Bergiana, including a handwritten Baudelaire poem by Berg which served as a “secret program” to the Lyric Suite and a selection of correspondence surrounding Berg’s last wishes for the Lyric Suite score, are particularly valuable. Second, Schloss’s ten-year exile in Shanghai, documented in assorted correspondence, programs, reviews and miscellaneous artefacts, may provide a new account of the Shanghai generation. Finally, the continuation of Schloss’s life in the United States as a struggling composer and teacher bears witness to the difficult conditions for the American émigré population after World War II.

Schloss, Julius, 1902-1972

Kelsey Jones Collection

  • CA MDML 009
  • Collection
  • 1943-1982

The Kelsey Jones Collection consists largely of drafts, sketches and texts for nearly all of his major compositional works. It also contains selected correspondence, programs and some personal papers that outline his life and career in music, composition, and teaching. These documents were organized by Kelsey Jones himself, into subject groupings such as: “commissions,” “publishers,” “letters from my teachers,” “letters from interesting people,” etc.

Jones, Kelsey, 1922-2004

Paul Helmer's "Growing with Canada" Collection

  • Collection
  • 1917-2011

Paul Helmer’s "Growing with Canada" Collection constitutes an important resource for research in Canadian music and culture of the twentieth century. Canadian music and culture of the twentieth century. The Collection has been divided into seven series and contains approximately 1 140 items. Of particular interest are the edited interview transcripts (S.1 and S.7, available in print and .pdf, respectively), which Dr. Helmer had intended Paul Helmer Finding Aid Page 3 of 18 17 July 2014 as the second volume of his project. The Collection also contains the raw material for these edited transcripts: namely, the unedited transcripts and audio recordings themselves, as well as biographical information for each “émigré” musician discussed (with correspondence, copies of source material and photographs), copies of primary and secondary sources on immigration and internment, and miscellaneous items, including correspondence, unused research materials and notes relating to the book launch for "Growing with Canada".

Helmer, Paul

Paul Pedersen Collection

  • CA MDML 014
  • Collection
  • 1955-2005

The Paul Pedersen Collection consists of Paul Pedersen’s complete portfolio of published and unpublished compositions, sketches, lecture notes and writings. In addition, it contains documentary artifacts including correspondence, teaching and course materials, concert programmes and posters, project reports, etc, that chronicle his early education and life in Alberta and Toronto, through his professorship and deanship at McGill University and finally his appointment of Dean and professor of Music at the University of Toronto.

Pedersen, Paul

Richard Coulter Collection

  • CA MDML 019
  • Collection
  • 1953-1994

The Richard Coulter Collection provides extensive documentation for a period of approximately thirty years in the history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It constitutes an invaluable resource for research in Canadian music culture, and the CBC in particular and prominent Canadian composers and performers. The Richard Coulter Collection consists of the radio scripts, production information and publicity connected with programs and program series commissioned, developed and broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The collection also contains audio recordings of a portion of the programs produced. The collection features such prominent North Americans such as Glenn Gould and John Cage. It is divided into ten series and contains approximately 17,000 items. The majority of the collection consists of documents and correspondence from Richard Coulter’s CBC office files relating to the CBC radio programs, special events and talent festivals that he produced. These include radio and television scripts, correspondence, administrative files, project reports, concert programs, publicity, promotional information, press clippings, payment information, contracts, production and technical information, scores, and audio tapes.

Coulter, Richard

Roger Doucet Collection

  • CA MDML 017
  • Collection
  • 1920?-1981

The Roger Doucet Collection consists of over 1000 pieces of sheet music (including scores), 45 manuscripts, and one scrapbook containing photographs and newspaper clippings related to his career as the singer of “O Canada” during professional sports games.

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