collection 11 - Udo Kasemets fonds

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Udo Kasemets fonds


  • 1947-2011 (Production)

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Étendue matérielle et support

4.2 m of textual records + 44 audio reels + 15 audio cassettes (37 boxes)

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Nom du producteur


Notice biographique

Udo Kasemets, composer, pianist and writer, was born in Tallinn, Estonia, November 16, 1919, and emigrated to Canada in 1951, becoming a leader in the experimental avant-garde in music in Toronto. He passed away on January 19, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.

Kasemets trained at the Tallinn Conservatory and the Stuttgart Academy of Music, as well as the Kranichstein Institute for New Music in Darmstadt, where he encountered Ernst Krenek, Edgard Varèse and Hermann Scherchen. In 1962-1963, Kasemets organized the first new music series in Toronto, "Men, Minds and Music," followed by the establishment of the Isaacs Gallery Mixed Media Concerts in 1965. In 1968, he directed the first Toronto Festival of Arts and Technology entitled "SightSoundSystems." In 1971, he joined the Faculty of the Department of Experimental Art at the Ontario College of Art, where he taught until his retirement in 1987.

Histoire archivistique

Source immédiate d'acquisition ou de transfert

Materials donated by Udo Kasemets and Susan Layard.

Zone du contenu et de la structure

Portée et contenu

Fonds consists of sketches, drafts, and texts for Udo Kasemets’s compositions, including scores prior to 1960 that use conventional media, and those after 1960, which consists of multi-purpose scores, combination scores, and theatre pieces. The fonds also contains programs and press notices for performances by Udo Kasemets and of his works; correspondence with many American avant-garde musicians; and Kasemets’s projects and notes from his time teaching at the Ontario College of Art.

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation


The Udo Kasemets fonds consists of three accruals by the composer (1990, 1996, and 1998), and one by Susan Layard (2014). Where known, the date of accrual is indicated at the file-level. No further accruals are expected.

Mode de classement

The original order that the material was presented in has been maintained.

Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Conditions d’accès

No restrictions of access. Archival records may be viewed in the Olnick Rare Book Room at the University of Toronto Music Library.

Conditions de reproduction

Copyright is retained by the artist.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 11: Udo Kasemets." Reference code (11) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.

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Mots-clés - Lieux

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Mots-clés - Genre

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Dates de production, de révision, de suppression

Entire finding aid reviewed August 2019.




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