Fonds 06 - Gustav Ciamaga fonds

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Gustav Ciamaga fonds


  • 1962-2012 (Creation)

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1 m of textual records and other material (4 boxes) + 2.83 GB of electronic records

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Biographical history

Gustav Ciamaga was born on April 10, 1930 and is predominantly known for his work in electronic music. He studied at the University of Western Ontario (1951-1954) while also studying privately with Gordon Delamont, before attending the University of Toronto where he studied with John Weinzweig and John Beckwith. He received is Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Brandeis University, where he studied with Arthur Berger, Harold Shapero, and Irving Fine. He organized an electronic studio at Brandeis University in 1963, before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto (1963), where he became the director of the Electronic Music Studio in 1965. He was also the chairman of the theory and composition department (1968) and then dean of the Faculty of Music (1977-1984) and acting principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto (RCMT, 1983-1984). He passed away on June 11, 2011.

Archival history

Materials from the A2020-05 accession, including electronic records, were transferred to the Music Library from the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio, via the former director of UTEMS, Professor Dennis Patrick.

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Gustav Ciamaga, 1990.
Further materials were added to the collection from a transfer from the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio (UTEMS), which included personal papers of Myron Schaeffer and Gustav Ciamaga and the UTEMS tape collection (A2020-05). Both Schaeffer's and Ciamaga's papers were left in the Studio. The administrative records of UTEMS are held at the University of Toronto Archives.

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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).

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Fonds has 4 series: (A) Compositions and arrangements ; (B) Correspondence and memorabilia ; (C) Lectures ; (D) Programs and reviews.

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For access to electronic records in this fonds, please contact the Music Library.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 06 : Hugh Le Caine." Reference code removed from the title of the fonds July 30, 2019.


Collection renamed the "Gustav Ciamaga fonds" in accordance with archival practice February 5, 2020.

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Archival Collection 06

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