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John Beckwith fonds
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Personal correspondence

File includes letters from Raymond Dudley, Udo Kasemets, Bruce Mather, Colleen and James Reaney,R. Murray Schafer, Peter Williams, Robert Fleming, Stanley Bulley, Lee Hoiby, W. S. Morrison, Glenn Gould, Harry Somers, Jean Howson, Walter Herbert, Ray Pierce, John Sidgwick, John Hawkins, Lothar Klein, Jean Papineau-Couture, Timothy McGee, Dorothy Freed, Elizabeth Gallat-Morin, Chan Wing-Wah, Carl Morey, Otto Joachim, Peter Hatch, Albert Greer, Talivaldis Kenins, Andrew Benson -- Gwendoline Harper, Myra Hess, Spencer H. Elliott, Ira Dilworth, H. C. Hamilton, Leo Smith, Alberto Guerrero, Richard Johnston, John Felice, Gustav Ciamaga, Barbara Pentland, Robert Aitken, Ezra Schabas, Sydney Hodkinson, John Weinzweig, Ruth Humphrey, Pierre Souvairan, Lois Marshall, Gabriel Charpentier, Nicholas Slonimsky, William Wright, Stephen Young, Robert Stevenson, Harry Hickman, Lubomyr Melnyk.

John Beckwith fonds

  • CA OTUFM 10
  • Fonds
  • 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

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.

Eureka

File contains the score and parts for flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn in F, two trumpets in C, trombone, and tuba.

Basic music

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

Personal and professional correspondence

File includes correspondence (both outgoing and incoming) with Ray Dudley, Stephen Chatman, Carl Morey, Ronald Shepherd, Barbara Pritchard, Brian Cherney, Paul [McIntyre?], Brian Thompson, Alex Pauk, Mary Shepherd, Kimberley Francis, Stephen Walsh, Steven Philcox, Lawrence Wiliford, John Haines, James Campbell, Adrian Fung, Max Christie, Guillermo Silva-Maria, Hugh Anson-Cartwright, Stephanie K. Lind, Ezra Schabas, Ken Winters, Mark Fram, Gordon Christie, Jessie Iseler, Lydia Adams, Newfound Music, Noam Krieger, Daniel Weinzweig, Charles Foreman, Jan Washburn, John Robert Colombo, Judy Loman Umbrico, Peggy Walton Packard, Colleen Renihan, Stephanie Lind, Doug MacNaughton, Joan Watson, Elaine Biagi-Turner, Jay Macpherson, Joh Reeves, Mary Shepherd, and Brian Cherney. File also includes 2 photographs of “the barn.”

Pages : for solo piano

File contains the manuscript score for John Beckwith's "Pages" for solo piano, consisting of four movements that are 52 to 55 seconds, 50 to 53 seconds, 56 seconds to 1 minute, 10 seconds; and 45 to 50 seconds, respectively. This piece was dedicated to Barbara Pritchard.

Honours from Queen’s University and Victoria University, and for eightieth birthday

File contains photographs, nomination letters, introductory speeches, newspaper clippings, programs, and correspondence relating to John Beckwith’s awards and honours, including: Diplôme d’honneur (1996); an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University (1998); an honorary doctorate from Victoria University (1999); 80th birthday celebrations at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto (2007); Lauréat du Prix Amis de la musique canadienne (2010); Friends of Canadian Music Award (2011); the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013); Arts & Letters Award (2013); and Distinguished Fine Arts Alumni award from Oak Bay High School (2015).

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