- 1981-2001 predominant (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
36.5 cm of textual records (3 boxes)
Name of creator
Geoffrey Payzant, philosopher, writer, and organist, was born in Halifax, NS, 7 Mar 1926, and died in Toronto 31 Aug 2004. His later research interests were the writings of the pioneer of musical aesthetics, Eduard Hanslick (1824-1904), resulting in two books, several articles and dozens of invited lectures.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Acquired by the Music Library from Geoffrey Payzant's estate in 2005.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Collection includes correspondence, notes, typescripts, translations, photocopies of journal articles, and other working papers about Eduard Hanslick. Hanslick was the focus of Payzant's later research, which resulted in two books (published 1986 and 1991), several articles, and various lectures. The fonds consists of the research used in these writings, as well as a typescript manuscript of Payzant's translation of On the musically beautiful: a contribution towards the revision of the aesthetics of music (1986), and copies of his lectures, also titled "On the musically beautiful." The correspondence includes copies of letters between Hanslick and Robert Zimmermann (1824-1898), as well as correspondence between Payzant and other scholars about Hanslick, and correspondence between Payzant and Dietmar Strauß.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Research files, starting with "Ambros, August Wilhelm" (OTUFM 32-12) and ending with Zimmerman (OTUFM 32-138), are listed alphabetically by the last name of the author of material used in Payzant's research. Titles of files were transcribed from Payzant's original folders. His original filing system has been maintained.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
No conditions on access
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Many of the research files are in a mixture of English and German.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Uploaded finding aid
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Previously titled "Archives Collection 32: Geoffrey Payzant/ Eduard Hanslick." Reference code (32) removed from the title of the collection July 30, 2019.
Subject access points
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Name access points
- Hanslick, Eduard (Subject)
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Revised and file-level descriptions added from collection scope and content note, November 6, 2019.