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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

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thumbnail[32K] From left to right, Lorenzo Fernandez, Claude Champagne, Bidu Sayão, Jean Morel and Heitor Villa-Lobos, Rio-de-Janeiro, 1946.

Claude Champagne fonds.  - 1895-1965.  - 4. 50 m textual records.  -  425 photographs.  - 219 negatives.  - 44 audio discs.  - 22 audio tape reels. 

Biographical sketch
Claude Champagne made significant contributions as a composer, teacher and promoter of Canadian music.  In addition to some 40 major musical compositions, he produced many pedagogical works, including solfège and sight-reading books, a number of which were written in collaboration with the renowned piano teacher Boris Berlin.  He was primarily responsible for the establishment of the conservatory network in Quebec, and also worked in a number of educational institutions in Montréal and with various organizations involved in the promotion and dissemination of music (BMI Canada, CECM, Matinées symphoniques, CAPAC, UNESCO).  In the summer of 1946, his tour of Brazil as conductor and guest lecturer served to establish the first musical ties between Canada and South America. 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records pertaining to all of the musical activities of Claude Champagne.  Through his writings and educational activities, Claude Champagne contributed to the development of music instruction in Quebec.  He also taught several other prominent composers, including André Prévost, Jacques Hétu and Robert Turner.  The fonds contains, among other items, correspondence; diplomas; biographical documents; manuscripts of his works and arrangements; lesson plans and students' work; documents on his work as chief editor of contemporary music at BMI Canada. 

Series:  A - Personal affairs; B - Correspondence; C - Writings; D - Musical works; E - Educational works; F - Conservatory:  Teaching activities; G - Other educational institutions; H - Broadcast Music Inc.; I - Other activities (CECM, Matinées symphoniques, trip to Brazil, CAPAC, Unesco); J - Sound recordings; K - Photographs; L - Concert programmes and posters; M - Writings on Champagne and his work; N - Other records. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Jeanne Champagne, widow of Claude Champagne, in two accessions (1971). 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  Maureen Nevins.  "Répertoire numérique détaillé du Fonds Claude-Champagne." Ottawa:  National Library of Canada 1991.  223 p.  (unpublished); exhibition catalogue:  Claude Champagne 1891-1965:  Composer, Teacher, Musician.  Ottawa:  National Library of Canada.  1990.  81 p. 

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