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University of Toronto Music Library John Beckwith fonds
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The Hector : a documentary cantata

File contains sketches, score, and parts for Beckwith's documentary cantata "The Hector," ror soprano/narrator, fife/flute/recorder, clarinet/recorder, guitar/mandolin, and harpsichord.

Topical flutes : Aitken at 60 : for two flutes

File contains the manuscript score for John Beckwith's "Topical Flutes" for two flutes (duration 3 min., written August 27-28, 1999), and a copy of the coda for "Topical Flutes," which he added in 2010 (duration 30 sec.).

Basic music

File includes a program note on “Basic Music” by John Beckwith and copies of press comments on the premiere in 1998.

Beckett songs : performance records

File contains two programs from performances of John Beckwith’s “Beckett Songs” as performed by Peter Groom (baritone), and Peter Higham (guitar) at Mount Allison University (premiere performance on December 3, 2008) and, on May 24, 2011 by Doug McNaughton (voice and guitar) as part of the vocal series at the Canadian Opera Company. File also includes a photograph of Groom, Higham, and Danise Ferguson (cello) from the premiere performance.

Ut re me fa sol la : performance and publication records

File contains a copy of the program, program note, and poster for the premiere performance of “Ut re mi fa sol la: six fantasies for solo guitar” by John Beckwith, performed by Peter Higham. File also contains an annotated proof of the piece with suggestions and corrections from Higham and related correspondence between Higham and Beckwith. “Ut re mi fa sol la” was written for Higham and commissioned with the support of Mount Allison University’s Marjorie Young Bell Fine Arts and Music Fund.

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