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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 222

André Rossinger fonds.  - 1947-1987.  - 1.78 m of textual records.  - 57 slides.  - 1,363 audio tape reels.  - 1,132 audio tape cassettes. 

Biographical sketch
Engineer and ethnomusicologist, André Rossinger (born in Hungary) studied engineering, and began to teach himself history and ethnomusicology on his travels through Europe.  At the outset of World War II, he moved to Canada, where he worked as a mechanical engineer.  An enthusiastic ethnomusicologist, Rossinger wrote many articles, gave lectures, and produced radio projects such as the series Histoire sociale et musicale du chant liturgique pendant treize siècles de christianisme presented on Centre-ville community radio.  In 1987, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec dedicated its April concert to him. 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records pertaining to André Rossinger's career as an ethnomusicologist:  writings (Three Shapes of Canadian Destiny:  Visions and Nightmare; The Social Nature of the White Man's Popular Music in the U. S. A.  After the Second World War; Religion and Music; etc.); correspondence; notes; documentation; concert programmes and promotional material; press clippings; brochures; various slides used during lectures; sound recordings of concerts, documentaries and interviews on different styles of music throughout the world.  The fonds also contains the sound recordings used by André Rossinger in his lectures. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from his widow, Elizabeth Taylor Rossinger, in 1992 and 1996. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Proactive Disclosure