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Leslie Bell fonds

  • CA OTUFM 39
  • Fonds
  • 1906-2007

Fonds contains documents relating to Leslie R. Bell's career as a composer, arranger, choral conductor, educator, and music columnist. Materials include manuscript music (both of arrangements and original compositions); radio scripts and notes relating to his work in broadcasting as a radio commentator for CBC and CFRB, Toronto; publicity documents relating to performances by Leslie Bell and the Leslie Bell Singers; correspondence; documents relating to his work as the co-founder and first executive director of the Canadian Music Educators' Association (CMEA); and, newspaper articles, including those written by Bell and about him). The fonds also contains postmortem documents, including condolence correspondence to his wife, Leona Bell, and documents relating to the Leslie Bell Singers reunions and the Leslie Bell Scholarship.

Bell, Leslie R.

Compositions and arrangements

Series consists of some original compositions and many arrangements by Leslie Bell, predominantly for choral ensemble, with some scores and parts for band or orchestra.

Band arrangements

Subseries consists of Leslie Bell's scores and parts for band, including original compositions and arrangements.

Bartok folk music

File includes a printed note introducing the song ad guest folk singer Alan Mills.

Song of the bells

File consists of the score and parts, which are labeled "Theme; open and close". The file includes multiple annotated copies of the violin parts. The file includes pats for violin, viola, alto sax, cello, trumpet, tenor sax, guitar, horn, bass, flute, drumes, trombone, piano, timpani, and baritone sax.

The musicians of Bremen

File consists of the manuscript score, with the names Pat Stott and Bruce Attridge written at the top. One of the copied scores was used by Alan Lund

The song of Canada

File includes original parts and copies with different edits and some penciled performance notes for the following instruments: clarinet, oboe, violins, flute, cello, viola, bass, clarinets, trumpets, French horns, trombones, bassoons, drums, and timpani. The file also includes multiple copies of the score (as well as the original manuscript score) with annotations by Leslie Bell, John Reeves, and Horace Lapp.


File consists of the last page (p. 30) of an unknown score for band or orchestra.

Commando march

File includes the published sheet music for piano (Toronto: Gordon V. Thompson Limited, 1942) and multiple copies of manuscript parts for the following instruments: concert flute and piccolo, clarinets, oboe, alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bassoon, horns, cornest, trombones, baritones, basses, and drums.

Choral manuscript music

Subseries consists of blueprint-style manuscripts, manuscripts written in ink or pencil, and copies of blueprint scores. Most of the manuscripts are Leslie Bell's arrangements of other composers' original popular, folk, or classical music for choir, with some original compositions. Information about the original composers, intended ensembles, dates, and where and when the songs were performed is not consistently recorded in the manuscripts' heading. There are also symbols and words that are unidentifiable, such as "B.G." and "Jordan," which appear frequently. The manuscripts are generally autographed with one of the following: Leslie Bell, Leslie Richard Bell, L.B., or L.R.B. All information that is provided has been transcribed in the finding aid.

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