Archives Collection 10 : John Beckwith

John Beckwith, composer, pianist, author and teacher, was born in Victoria, BC, 9 March 1927. His over 150 compositions include 4 operas, orchestral, chamber, solo and choral works, and he has published critical and scholarly articles in Canadian music studies. He began lecturing part-time at the University of Toronto in 1952, taught full-time 1955-90, and was dean of the Faculty of Music 1970-77. See the Canadian Encyclopedia for a full biography.

Sketches, drafts, final copies, texts, performance records and correspondence for most of his musical works; programs and press notices; other personal and professional documents.


36 boxes : 4 m.


John Beckwith, 1991-2010


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348 records. Includes compositions, textual documents, biblographic documents, correspondence, and other documents
11 records. Includes awards and honours, radio transcripts, portraits, journal articles and other bibliographic documents
181 records. Includes manuscripts and copies of manuscripts, scores and parts.
94 records. Includes correspondence, programs and reviews, and other notes.
55 records. Includes administrative writings, correspondence, reviews, radio programs, and other documents.
7 records. Includes personal, business, and miscellaneous correspondence.