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John Beckwith fonds
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A Chaucer suite : sketch

File contains sketches for the rondeau, first couplet, and second couplet of John Beckwith’s “A Chaucer Suite” for contralto, tenor, and baritone.

After-images, after Webern : talk and related correspondence

File includes John Beckwith's talk "A Canadian Composer's Homage to Webern," and accompanying musical examples, initially presented as an introduction to a performance of his composition "After-images, after Webern" by Peter Higham (guitar) and Veronica Rönkös (cello) as part of the proceedings of the International Millennium Conference.

All the bees and all the keys : chamber version

File contains the score and parts for the chamber version of "All the Bees and all the Keys," written for narrator, flute/piccolo, 2 trumpets, trombone, percussion, keyboards (2 players), violin, viola, and double bass, with toy instruments. Beckwith wrote te chamber version of this piece for performance at "Musical Mondays."

Awards and honours

File contains correspondence, photographs, lectures, and programs relating to John Beckwith's honorary degrees from the University of Guelph, 1995; Queen's University, 1998; and the University of Victoria, 1999.

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.

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