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GRATTON, HECTOR, 1900-1970
MUS 18

Hector Gratton fonds.  - 1919-1970.  - 2.23 m of textual records.  - 16 photographs. 

Biographical sketch
Composer, conductor, arranger, pianist and teacher born in Hull, Quebec.  A student of composer and folklorist Oscar O'Brien, Hector Gratton was also interested in the harmonizing of folk songs.  Based on national songs and dances, his work features compositions of all genres.  The best known are:  Légende (symphonic poem, Jean Lallemand prize in 1937), Danses canadiennes (chamber music) and L'Imagerie (radio play by author Cécile Chabot).  In the early days of public radio, he composed and conducted the incidental music for the program series Je me souviens

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records relating to the musical career of H. Gratton:  correspondence; notebooks; lists of works and folk songs; harmony and counterpoint exercises; autograph manuscripts of compositions and musical arrangements; song lyrics; concert programmes; royalties; legal documents concerning the Gratton family; scrapbooks comprised of press clippings, programmes and brochures; contracts; collection of manuscript works, possibly autograph, by Russian composer Nikolaï Medtner and of works by other composers; photographs of Hector Gratton, his wife and his mother. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Marie Gratton, widow of the composer, in 1971, and from Robert Bourgeau, nephew of the composer, in 1995. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  preliminary inventory of the works and correspondence. 

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