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ALLAIRE, GASTON G.  (Gaston Georges), 1916-
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Gaston Allaire fonds.  - 1949-1976.  - 10 cm of textual records. 

Biographical sketch
In 1918 the Allaire family left the United States and settled in Danville, Quebec, where Gaston Allaire began music studies.  He attended numerous music institutions between 1934 and 1960, including the Conservatoire national de musique du Québec, the University of Connecticut and Boston University, where he submitted his doctoral dissertation on The Masses of Claudin de Sermisy.  Various scholarships allowed him to do research in musicology in Europe and the United States.  A professor at Loyola College in Montréal (1962-67), the Université de Montréal (1966-67) and the University of Moncton starting in 1967, he was also appointed a research officer between 1969 and 1973 at the University of Moncton.  Compositions by Gaston Allaire include music for organ, motets, a prelude and fugue for string orchestra, a Suite laurentienne for orchestra and a polyphonic mass. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Gaston Allaire:  photocopies of compositions and manuscript arrangements produced in the 1950s and 1960s; copies of published articles; concert programmes; press clippings. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Gaston Allaire in four accessions (1971, 1972, 1973 and 1976). 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  inventory of first accession; summary list of second and third accession. 

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