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List of fonds and Collections
CONTANT, ALEXIS, FAMILY
Alexis Contant family fonds. - 1858-1933. - 2.55 m of textual records. - 86 photographs. - 3 negatives. - 3 glass-plate negatives. - 45 audio tape reels. - 14 audio discs. - 1 audio tape cassette.
Alexis Contant (1858-1918): Composer, organist, teacher, and pianist born in Montréal, he received his first piano lessons from his mother and continued his musical education with a number of Canadian composers, one of them being Calixa Lavallée. He was the author of the first Canadian oratorio, Caïn, performed at the Monument national in Montréal in 1905. He played the organ in the church of St-Jean-Baptiste in Montréal for over 30 years and taught piano in numerous schools in the region. He composed works for piano, choir, orchestra, and choir and orchestra, as well as chamber music.
Fleurette Contant (1892-1987): The daughter of Alexis Contant, she studied with Félia Litvinne in Paris and gave concerts as a soprano in Montréal and participated in radio broadcasts when that medium was first invented.
Georges Delfosse (1869-1939): Son-in-law of Alexis Contant. Artist/painter.
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Immediate source of acquisition: acquired and donation from Fleurette and Jean-Yves Contant, grandson of Alexis Contant, in several accessions, between 1971 and 1991; some items were also acquired from Jean Daigle.
Finding aids: Stephen C. Willis. Alexis Contant: Catalogue . Ottawa: National Library of Canada. 1982. 87 p.; provisional description for records acquired since 1982.