John Beckwith

Title: John Beckwith fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1986

Physical description: 0.70 metres of sound recordings

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: Professor, Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music; Director, Institute for Canadian Music.

Scope and content: Oral history interview with Professor John Beckwith conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with Beckwith's early education and ends with thoughts on the future of the Institute for Canadian Music. Focusses on the period 1945-1986 and covers his undergraduate studies, the curricula, faculty and students of the Toronto Conservatory and the later Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music, their administrative histories, with particular references to his term as Dean of the Faculty, relations with other divisions within the University, notably the Faculty of Arts and the Office of the President, his post-graduate musical education in Europe, economic aspects of a musician's life, musical composition in Canada and the role of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Edward Johnson Building, its library, finances, and his personal philosophy of music.

Finding Aids: None

Access: Open

Accession number: B1986-0071