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University of Toronto Music Library John Beckwith fonds
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Biographical

Series includes awards and honours, radio transcripts, portraits, journal articles, and other bibliographic documents.

Other correspondence

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence, including letters from and to many Canadian musicians and composers.

Other activities

Series consists of administrative writings, correspondence, reviews, radio programs, and other documents relating to John Beckwith’s work at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the University of Toronto, and various other appearances at conferences, symposiums, and universities. Series also includes writings related to his publications.

Compositions

Series consists of original manuscripts and copies of manuscripts, including both scores and parts, for compositions composed or arranged by John Beckwith.

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.).

Taptoo! : performances

File contains performance notes, commentary, correspondence, programs, and reviews. File includes letters from James Reaney to Michael Albano.

Miscellaneous correspondence

File contains letters to and from: Joanna Anonychuck (VNMS), Edith Binnie, Gordon Burnett (Jubilate Singers), Chan Wing-Wah, Gustav Ciamaga, Buddy Clark (Catholic University), Timothy J. Cooper, Edward Deckard, David Dorward, Tannis Fast, Paul Freeman, Wayne Gilpin, Bryan Gooch, Ivan Hammond (Bowling Green Brass Quintet), Neil Houlton (OIC), Guy Huot, Nick Kaethler, Karen Kieser, Odaline de la Martinez, Allan Mattes, Paul McIntyre, John A. Miller, John Poole, Doreen Rao, E. Michael Richards, John Rimmer, Elliott Schwartz, Ed Strenkowski, Wayne Strongman, Barbara Sweete (Rhombus Media), and Don Wherry (Sound Symposium).

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.

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.

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