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TURNER, ROBERT C.  (Robert Comrie), 1920-
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Robert C. Turner fonds.  - 1922-1998.  - 1.07 m of textual records.  - 117 photographs.  - 25 audio tape reels.  - 19 audio discs.  - 12 audio tape cassettes. 

Biographical sketch
Born in Montréal, Quebec, Robert C. Turner studied music with Douglas Clarke, Claude Champagne, Gordon Jacob, Roy Harris and Olivier Messiaen, among others.  From 1952 to 1968, he was music producer on the CBC English network in Vancouver.  He was also employed as a professor at the University of British Columbia, Acadia University and from 1969 to 1985, the University of Manitoba.  The composer's most important works include the piece for piano entitled Vestiges, Symphony for Strings, Symphony in One Movement "Gift from the Sea", Symphony No.  3 and the Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Robert C. Turner:  biographical records; correspondence; manuscripts of compositions; contracts; letters of reference; concert programmes and publicity; press clippings; photographs of Turner and members of his family; sound recordings of works by Robert Turner and an interview with the composer regarding his first compositions. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired by donation from Robert C. Turner in 1992 and 1998. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected. 



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