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Gena Branscombe fonds

  • CA OTUFM 17
  • collection
  • 1890-1981

Fonds contains music manuscripts, photographs, and programs.

Branscombe, Gena

John Beckwith fonds

  • CA OTUFM 10
  • collection
  • 1936-2018

Fonds consists of records created by John Beckwith during his career, predominantly relating to his compositions. Materials include sketches, drafts, final copies, texts, performance records, and related correspondence for most of his works, as well as programs and press notices, and other personal and professional documents. Records include correspondence with other musicians, both personal and professional; materials created through his work with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; lecture notes from his time at the University of Toronto and other presentations; and documents pertaining to his various awards and honours.

Beckwith, John

Walter Buczynski fonds

  • CA OTUFM 31
  • collection
  • 1945-2019

Fonds consists of manuscript music; radio music and children's pieces; correspondence with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, performers, representatives of performing organizations, friends, colleagues, friends, colleagues, students; press notices and reviews; programs; Polish community activities; notebooks and journals.

Buczynski, Walter

Visions, op. 31

File includes three copies from the holograph score in ink, with pencil annotations by Kasemets; two holograph scores; and a draft and sketches in pencil.

Newspaper clippings of performance reviews

File contains various newspaper and magazine clippings from the 1920s to the 1940s, predominantly of reviews of performances by, or including, Eileen Law. Many of the clippings are reviews of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, with whom Law performed frequently as a soloist.

Personal and professional correspondence

  • CA OTUFM 10-D-7
  • Dossier
  • 1964-1965, 1978, 1981-1982, 1994-2003, 2008
  • Fait partie de John Beckwith fonds

File contains letters to and from: Marla Aikman (NATS), Claude Beaudry, Jack Behrens, Juliette Bourassa-Trépanier, Blanche Carragher, Neil Carson (McMaster University), Brian Corman, Cliff Crawley and Beverley Diamond, Anne C. Dale (Dentistry, University of Toronto), Lisa Davidson (Path String Quartet), Eric Domville, Colin Eatock, Sandra Erdman, Maria Harley, Elaine Keillor, Susan Dyer Knight, Stuart Laughton, Margaret Leask, Khiet Lin (Fun with Composing), Jay MacPherson, Colin Miles, Glenn Morris (Zoology, University of Toronto), Gloria Jean Nagy, Peggy Walton Packard, David Parsons (Canadian Music Centre), Kenneth C. Roberts, Mary Robinson Ramsay, Michael J. Rudman, Ron Schoeffel (University of Toronto Press), Iain Scott, Pat Wardrop, Leo Wigdorchik (North York International Academy of Music), and James Willey (SUNY Geneseo).

Postmortem documents

Series contains letters from Robert Aitken and Herbert Deutsch (of Hoftrsa University) to Myron Schaeffer's wife, Lilein Schaeffer, and two obituaries, including one written by Ann Osborn in The Muse.

Lectures, articles, and books

Series consists of drafts, notes, and correspondence for articles, lectures, and a book outline on electronic music by Myron Schaeffer, which were written during his tenure as director of the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio (UTEMS).


File contains scores, notes, and scripts for electronic music compositions by Myron Schaeffer.

Myron Schaeffer fonds

  • CA OTUFM 55
  • collection
  • 1959-1965

Fonds consists of Myron Schaeffer's notes and drafts for lectures, articles, and an unpublished book on electronic music. The fonds also contains condolence correspondence following his death, his obituary, and scores and sketches for a couple of his electronic compositions.

Schaeffer, Myron

Gustav Ciamaga fonds

  • CA OTUFM 06
  • collection
  • 1962-2012

Fonds consists of the personal and professional records of Gustav Ciamaga, including correspondence with Hugh Le Caine, lecture notes, programs, and audio recordings created in the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio (UTEMS).

Ciamaga, Gustav


Subseries includes a collection of postcards. Some of the postcards are blank, others were written or sent by Kathleen Parlow. Postcards are in both black and white and colour.

Kathleen Parlow fonds

  • CA OTUFM 02
  • collection
  • 1878-1967, 2016, predominant 1908-1950

Fonds consists of material relating to Kathleen Parlow's personal life and her musical career, including photographs, correspondence, daybooks, sheet music, concert programs, press, and personal material.

Parlow, Kathleen

Press Records

Series contains material from newspapers and magazines which relate to Kathleen Parlow, her students, and articles written by Parlow. Articles may be cut out, contained in their complete original source, or in scrapbooks. There are also quite a few articles that have been transcribed by hand, in some cases translated from the original language. Some are also typed. Additionally, there is a whole scrap book of articles about her students, and several loose articles about her students, specifically, Gisele MacKenzie (LaFleche).

Concert programmes

Series contains concert programmes dated from 1939-1958. Programmes reflect performances from Kathleen Parlow as well as the performances of the South Mountain String Quartet, Parlow String Quartet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Trio, and many of other performers. Concert programmes are from a variety of locations world wide including the United States, England, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and many other locations. Programmes are in black and white and colour. Some programmes have gold gilt edges as well as other visually interesting features.

Published scores

Subseries consists of sheet music and published scores collected and/or used by Kathleen Parlow.

Sheet Music

Series contains sheet music created and/or accumulated by Kathleen Parlow.


Series consists of Kathleen Parlow's diaries for each year from 1905 until 1960, with the exception of 1924, 1927, and 1955-1957.

Maida Parlow's transcriptions

Subseries consists of photocopies of Maida Parlow French's transcriptions of Leopold Auer's letters to her cousin Kathleen Parlow.


Subseries includes correspondence both written and sent to Kathleen Parlow from 1868-1967. Subseries also includes envelopes and a few newspaper clippings, perhaps included in the letters. Notable writers include Leopold Auer who was Kathleen Parlow's teacher.


Series contains correspondence written and received by Kathleen Parlow.

A simple method for control of multi-signal recording

File contains drafts of the paper "A simple method for control of multi-signal recording" by Myron Schaeffer, which was presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Audio Engineering Society (October 14-18, 1963). File also includes a program for the conference.

The creation of melodic contours from non-melodic raw material without loss of text or timbre

File contains drafts of the paper "The creation of melodic contours from non-melodic raw material without loss of text or timbre" by Myron Schaeffer, which was presented at the 14th annual meeting of the Audio Engineering Society (October 15-19, 1962) and published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (vol. 11, no. 1, January 1963).

The Hammograph

File contains drafts for "The Hammograph: A new Amplitude-Rhythm Control Device for the Production of Electronic Music", presented by Myron Schaeffer at the Sixty-first Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (May 10-13, 1961). The article was later published in IRE Transactions on Audio (Vol. AU-10, no. 1, 1962).

The Electronic Music Studio at the University of Toronto

File contains correspondence relating to the article "The Electronic Music Studio at the University of Toronto" by Myron Schaeffer, which was published in The Journal of Music Theory (vol. 7, no. 1, 1963). This issue of the journal was dedicated to articles about electronic music studios.

An extension of tone-row techniques through electronic pitch control

File contains drafts of the paper "An extension of tone-row techniques through electronic pitch control" by Myron Schaeffer, which was presented at the International Folk Music Council Conference (August 1963) and published in the Journal of the International Folk Music Council (Vol. 16, 1964).

The tune

File contains the script for The Tune, a film with narrator and electronic music.

The mask

File includes a copy of the second rewrite of the film script by Frank Taubes, Harry Olive, Victoria Morhaim, and Joe Morhaim, and the storyboard, as well as Myron Schaeffer's notes. Schaeffer wrote the music for the film's 3-D sequences.

Hugh Le Caine citation

File contains Gustav Ciamaga's citation for Hugh Le Caine, given at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music 1973 spring convocation, where Le Caine received an honourary Doctor of Laws.

Lecture at Brandeis electroacoustic music studio

File contains the poster, program, and Gustav Ciamaga's lecture notes for his presentation as part of the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Stuio Half-marathon of new electronic music (April 11, 2008) with Wayne Marshall. The file includes an audio recording of the lecture. The file also includes a letter from Harold Shapero to Ciamaga (December 19, 1968), regarding the variable speed drive capstan motor in the electronic music studio.

Programs and reviews

Series consists of programs, program notes, and reviews of concerts involving Gustav Ciamaga and/or his music, predominantly at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Brandeis University. The file also includes articles and a copy of the trial proceedings for a plagiarism trial that Ciamaga testified in, and the program for the "In Memory of Gustav" concert that the Faculty of Music presented on November 4, 2012, featuring the music of Ciamaga and his colleagues. The three PDF files included are a copy of the in memoriam for Gustav Ciamaga written by Dennis Patrick for the CMC Notations newsletter (Winter 2012); a digital copy of the program for the "In Memory of Gustav" concert; and a digital copy of the program for Ciamaga's memorial service.

Personal correspondence

File includes correspondence with István Anhalt, Milton Babbitt, Norma Beecroft, John Beckwith, Jack Behrens, Lars-Gunnar Bodin, Benjamin Boretz, Walter Buczynski, Brian Cherney, Kathyrn (Kathy) Ciamaga, Lillian Ciamaga, George Crumb, Derek Healey, Lejaren Hiller, Gottfried Michael Koenig, Otto Joachim, Lothar Klein, Larry Klug, Hugh Le Caine, Douglas Lilburn, Neil McKay, Oskar Morawetz, Carl Morey, Eric Regener, George Rochberg, Clark Ross, Pierre Schaeffer, R. Murray Schafer, Barry Truax, and John Weinzweig, among others.

Correspondence with Robert Fraser

File contains correspondence with Robert Fraser regarding Soundshaper, a graphical user interface (GUI) for the Composers Desktop Project (CDP) created by Fraser. The file also contains digital photographs of Robert Fraser and the software, which were sent as attachments to emails.


Series consists of notes for lectures, memorials, and citations, written and presented by Gustav Ciamaga.

Gustav at 75 : correspondence and program

File contains correspondence regarding Gustav Ciamaga's 75th birthday and the electroacoustic music concert at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto in celebration of his birthday.


File contains the certificate for the University of Toronto Retirement Service Award (Gustav Ciamaga, 1963-1994) and a certificate from the Wine Council of Ontario for Gwen Dunlop.

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