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VENDETTE, ÉMILE, 1919-1992
MUS 225

Émile Vendette fonds.  - 1938-1986.  - 38 cm of textual records.  - 26 photographs.  - 2 negatives.  - 7 audio discs. 

Biographical sketch
Carillonneur and composer born in Ottawa, Ontario, Émile Vendette studied violin before beginning to learn the carillon in 1936.  In 1938, alongside Percival Price, he gave his first concert on the Peace Tower carillon.  The same year, Vendette left Canada for Belgium to study the carillon with Gustave Nees and theory and composition with Jef Van Nees.  He returned to the country in 1939, performing in concert in Canada and the United States; he also supervised the installation of carillons, including the one in the Rainbow Tower in Niagara Falls.  In 1955 he inaugurated the carillon at St.  Joseph's Oratory in Montréal, where he subsequently gave numerous recitals. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Émile Vendette:  biographical document; compositions by Émile Vendette and Percival Price; arrangements by Émile Vendette, Percival Price and Josef Denyn; published score dedicated to Vendette by Percival Price; list of purchase prices for bells; brochure; scrapbook of press clippings; photographs of Émile Vendette, churches and groups; sound recordings of Émile Vendette. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Lorraine Vendette, daughter of Émile Vendette, in 1993. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected. 

Proactive Disclosure