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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

PURCELL STRING QUARTET (1968-1991)
MUS 209


Purcell String Quartet fonds.  - 1969-1991.  - 3.26 m of textual records.  - 57 photographs.  - 2 slides.  - 5 audio tape reels.  - 2 audio tape cassettes. 

Administrative history
String ensemble originally composed of violinists Norman Nelson and Raymond Ovens, violist Simon Streatfeild and cellist Ian Hampton, all four members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  The quartet gave many concerts in Canada and also performed in the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia, Cuba and Mexico.  The group premièred a number of Canadian works, including R. Murray Schafer's Quartet No. 1, Barbara Pentland's Quartet No. 3 and Interplay, John Fodi's Concerto a quattro and Quartet No. 2 by André Prévost. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of the Purcell String Quartet and its international influence.  It includes:  a history; biographical records; correspondence; contracts; financial records; itineraries; concert control sheets; concert programmes; flyers; press clippings; notes concerning the activities of the Quartet; photographs and sound recordings of the Purcell String Quartet. 

Immediate source of acquisition: acquired from members of the Purcell String Quartet in 1992.

Restrictions:  the contracts and financial records are confidential. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 



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