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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 261

Victor Davies fonds.  - 1951-1999.  - 4.45 m of textual records.  - 23 photographs.  - 457 audio tape reels.  - 29 audio tape cassettes.  - 16 audio compact discs.  - 15 audio videocassettes   - 1 audio disc.  - 18 videocassettes.  - 2 video reels.  - 1 computer disk. 

Biographical sketch
Winnipeg composer, pianist and conductor Victor Davies began studying piano and violin as a child, then enrolled at the University of Manitoba where he took courses from Ronald Gibson and Peggie Sampson.  He continued his studies at the University of Indiana, and in 1969 undertook conducting courses with Pierre Boulez in Switzerland.  He became organist and choirmaster at Wesley United Church in Winnipeg, then Music Director at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and worked for a number of years for CBC radio and television as a composer, arranger and conductor.  His major compositions include Let Us Pay Tribute to Lord Gordon Gordon, Pulsations, A Mennonite Piano Concerto, Animal Capers, Let's Talk and Fun for Four.  He has also written many songs for the children's series programs Let's Go and Rockets

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to Victor Davies' musical career.  It includes, among other items, biographical material; professional correspondence; drafts and manuscripts of compositions and arrangements by Victor Davies (Revelation, Mamma, Dream Variations, Teddy, Yukon Scenes, etc.); radio and television scripts; contracts; concert programs and promotional material; press clippings; photographs of Victor Davies and various musicians; sound recordings of works and arrangements by Davies (Pulsations, Fun for Four, A Mennonite Piano Concerto, Beowulf. . .) and an interview with Chad Allan; video recordings of American Caesar, The Catch, The Big Top, Silhouettes, etc. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Victor Davies, in several accessions, between 1995 and 2000. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected. 

Proactive Disclosure