Fonds 14 - Lothar Klein fonds

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Lothar Klein fonds


  • 1948-2002 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 m of textual records (12 boxes)

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Lothar Klein, composer and teacher, was born in Hanover, Germany, on January 27, 1932, and died in Toronto on January 3, 2004. His family emigrated from Germany to England in 1939, and then to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1940. Klein studied piano with Olga Samaroff-Stokowsky and received his doctorate in musicology and composition from the University of Minnesota, where he studied composition with Dimitri Mitropoulos, Antal Dorati, and Goffretto Petrassi. He also studied with Boris Blacher and Luigi Nono. After teaching at universities in the United States, he joined the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in 1968 and retired in 1996. His compositions include an opera (Tale of a Father and Son); various orchestral and chamber works; solo piano pieces; and vocal and choral compositions.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired by the University of Toronto Music Library in two accessions (1997, 2006).

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Scope and content

Fonds includes 110 files of sketches and final copies for many of his musical works; 3 files of theoretical and critical writings; and, 1 file of programs and press notices.

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No conditions on access.

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Copyright is retained by the composer.

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Uploaded finding aid

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A collection of letters from Lothar Klein is included in the Jacob Frederic Goossen papers, held by the University of Alabama, Special Collections Library.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 14: Lothar Klein." Reference code (14) removed from the title of the fonds 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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Archives Collection 14

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, with file-level descriptions added from DB Text, August 20, 2019.




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