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Description found in Archives

Murray Adaskin fonds [multiple media]. 

Date(s)

1923-2003

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

9,27 m of textual records.
1,965 photographs.
561 slides.
13 negatives.
2 drawings.
237 audio reels.
95 audio cassettes.
13 digital audio cassettes.
76 audio discs.
1 compact disc.
25 videocassettes.
4 film reels.

Scope and content

The fonds contains records pertaining to the life and musical career of Murray Adaskin: autograph music manuscripts; biographical records; correspondence (R. Murray Schafer, Louis Muhlstock, Darius Milhaud, George Zukerman, Louis Appplebaum, Eli Bornstein, Andrew Daves, Mario Bernardi, Gordana Lazarevich, Catharine and Peter Whyte, Norma Beecroft, Glen Fast, Leonard Isaacs, Barbara Pentland, Soulima Stravinsky, Mary Elizabeth Bayer, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Eugene Kash, Bruce Mather, David MacIntyre, Myfanwy Pevelic, etc.); invitations; royalties; files consisting of correspondence, clippings and programmes pertaining to such persons, organizations and events as the following: Catherine Lewis, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Golden Jubilee Music Festival, Hyman Goodman, Gordon Adaskin, Island Chamber Players, John Francis Leddy, Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation, Darius Milhaud, Robert Soëtens, Six Exhibition Concerts and the Victoria International Festival; concert programmes; press clippings; three scrapbooks (one from Banff) consisting of correspondence, clippings and programmes; photographs of Murray Adaskin, members of his family, musicians, and other Canadian and foreign artists; collection of 42 manuscript compositions by Bernard Naylor; sound recordings of works by Murray Adaskin performed by musical ensembles and artists such as Frances James, Taka Kling, Arthur Polson, Boyd McDonald, Pacific Wind Quintet and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Recordings also include works by various composers and interviews. Videos and films of personal events, recordings of television programmes and live performances.

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Former archival reference no.
Other accession no.
1991-17

Textual record : Graphic material : Sound recording This finding aid consists of 73 pages, digitized, a numerical list of papers received from 1972 to 1986, an index to correspondence, a list of additional contents from 1989 to 1992, 1997 and 2003. 90 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002945.pdf

Biography / Administrative history

Born in Toronto, Murray Adaskin began his career in his home town as a violinist with the New Symphony Orchestra, later the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1923-36) and the Royal York Hotel trio (1938-52). From 1952 to 1966 he was head of music at the University of Sskatchewan. In 1966 he was named composer-in-residence at the same university; this was the first position of its type ever created at a Canadian university. He began composing in the mid-1940s, and his work now includes more than 100 titles, including Serenade Concertante, Algonquin Symphony, Adagio for cello and orchestra, and the opera Grant, Warden of the Plains. On his retirement in 1972, Adaskin settled in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife, soprano Frances James, since deceased. A tireless promoter of Canadian music, Adaskin is a charter member of the Canadian League of Composers.

Additional information

Associated material note
Amati instruments collection (AR358) at the University of Victoria Archives.

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