collection 12 - Talivaldis Kenins fonds

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Talivaldis Kenins fonds


  • 1945-1997 (Production)

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Étendue matérielle et support

1.9 m of textual records + 73 audio reels + 3 audio cassettes (20 boxes)

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Notice biographique

Talivaldis Kenins, a composer and teacher, was born in Liepaja, Latvia on April 23, 1919. He received a Bachelier des lettres from the College de Menton and Lycee de Grenoble in France in 1939, before studying composition at the State Conservatory in Riga with Joseph Wihtol. During the second Soviet occupation of Latvia following World War Two, he returned to France, and entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris in 1945, where he studied with Simone Plé-Caussade, Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen, among others. There, he received the Perilhou, Gouy d'Arcy and Halphen music prizes, and graduated in 1950 with the Grand Prix Laureate in composition.

Kenins emigrated to Canada in 1951, where he was the organist and music directory at St. Andrews Latvian Lutheran Church in Toronto. In 1952, he joined the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, where he taught composition and contrapuntal techniques until his retirement in 1984. Kenins composed chamber music, eight symphonies, twelve concertos, three cantatas, an oratorio, several choral works, and various educational pieces. His awards and honours include: the Champollion Silver Medal (Grenoble), Officer of the National Three-Star Order of the Republic of Latvia, and Honourary Professor by the Music Academy of Latvia.

Kenins passed away in Toronto on January 20, 2008.

Histoire archivistique

Source immédiate d'acquisition ou de transfert

Materials acquired from Talivaldis Kenins (1990, November 1994).

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Portée et contenu

Fonds consists of manuscript scores, compositional sketches, correspondence, programs, and teaching materials, related to Kenins's career as a composer and professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

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Conditions d’accès

The Talivaldis Kenins fonds is stored offsite at Downsview. To access this collection, please contact the Music Library at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit.

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Écriture des documents

Notes de langue et graphie

Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

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Borrow scores and parts, and listen online to archival recordings at the Canadian Music Centre.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 12: Talivaldis Kenins." Reference code (12) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.


Files originally identified using box number, file number, and "rbsc" (Rare Book and Special Collections) numbers. These identifies are included under "Description identifier," but only the file number has been maintained as the identifier. For box-specific locations of each file, please see the PDF finding aid.

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Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

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Mots-clés - Genre

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Archives Collection 12

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Dates de production, de révision, de suppression

Revised August 20, 2019. File-level descriptions imported from DB Text August 20, 2019.




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