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BETTS, LORNE M. (Lorne Matheson), 1918-1985
MUS 169

Lorne M. Betts fonds.  - 1942-1985.  - 1.10 m of textual records.  - 3 audio tape reels.  - 1 audio tape cassette.  - 1 audio disc. 

Biographical sketch
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lorne M. Betts attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1947 to 1953, where he worked under the direction of John Weinzweig.  In 1950 he was appointed music director at St. Paul's Church in Hamilton, Ontario.  In that city he held the positions of principal at the Conservatory, organist and choirmaster at Melrose Church, and music critic for the Hamilton Spectator newspaper.  His important works include the opera Riders to the Sea (1955), Kanadario:  Music for a Festival Occasion (1966) and Mass of Saint Thomas

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical career of Lorne M. Betts:  autograph manuscripts, drafts of works and arrangements (188 titles), including the instrumental parts; correspondence; notes from Roy Harris to L.M. Betts; conference texts; press clippings including articles written for the Hamilton Spectator ; concert programmes; sound recordings of works by Lorne M. Betts including String Quartet, Two Dances for Orchestra and the Concerto for piano and orchestra. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired by bequest from the Lorne Matheson Betts Estate in several accessions, between 1986 and 1995. 

Restrictions:  none.

Finding aids:  numerical list; provisional description. 

Proactive Disclosure