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FLEMING, ROBERT, 1921-1976
Robert Fleming fonds. - [ca. 1900], 1932-1976. - 5.29 m of textual records. - 313 photographs. 1 negative. - 2 cm. of drawings. - 68 audio tape reels. - 114 audio discs.
In 1946, after teaching piano at Upper Canada College, he went to work for the National Film Board of Canada as a composer (1946-58), first in Ottawa and then in Montreal, where he served as Music Director (1958-70). In 1970, he returned to Ottawa as a professor and course instructor at Carleton University. A prolific composer, Fleming composed over 500 works, including 250 for ballet and film (Air Ambulance, Camp for Kids, Canada at War, Canada - USA, Jacky Visits the Zoo, Red Runs the Fraser, Rural Music Festival, Tuktu Series, etc.). A number of Fleming's works were commissions, including Ballet Introduction (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), Three Contrasts (Canadian Music Centre), Our Mind Was the Singer (National Arts Centre) and Of a Timeless Land (Ottawa Civic Orchestra). During his career, he was also active as an organist and music director in cities throughout Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario. After his death in November 1976, the Robert Fleming Award, administered by the Canadian Music Council and then by the Canada Council, was created as well as a second Robert Fleming Award, established by the Ottawa Music Festival Association.
Scope and content
The fonds comprises the following series: MUS 95/A Correspondence; MUS 95/B Studies; MUS 95/C Teaching and Public Speaking; MUS 95/D Musical Works; MUS 95/E Concert Programmes; MUS 95/F Oklahoma! - Music Direction; MUS 95/G Scrapbooks; MUS 95/H Press Clippings; MUS 95/I Photographs; MUS 95/J Drawings; MUS 95/K Sound Recordings; and MUS 95/L Miscellaneous.
Immediate source of acquisition: acquired from Margaret Fleming, Robert Fleming's widow, in several accessions between 1978 and 1986.
Finding aids: Stéphane Jean. The Robert Fleming fonds: Numerical List. Ottawa: National Library of Canada. 1998. 148 p. (http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/music/index-e.html#fonds).