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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

GEORGE, GRAHAM, 1912-1993
MUS 197

Graham George fonds.  - 1905-1990. - 5.89 m of textual records.  - 87 photographs.  - 14 negatives.  - 82 audio tape reels.  - 3 audio tape cassettes. 

Biographical sketch
Graham George left England in 1928 to settle in Canada, where he studied composition with Alfred Whitehead.  He continued his music training at Yale University (1952-53) and in Holland in 1956.  Organist, choirmaster and teacher in a number of Canadian cities, he settled in Kingston in 1946, where he held the post of professor at Queen's University.  From 1968 to 1971 he was acting director of the Department of Music there.  Graham George was also founder and conductor of the Kingston Choral Society and the New Symphony Orchestra of Kingston.  He has composed works for organ, choir, and orchestra, as well as chamber music, ballets and operas.  In 1938 he won the Jean Lallemand award with his Variations on an Original Theme.  His work on theory is entitled Tonality and Musical Structure

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records illustrating the musical career of Graham George:  biographical documents; compositions; correspondence; writings; minutes; reports; programmes; lectures and class exercises (Queen's University); research notes and documents pertaining to the operas Revolt in Upper Canada and A King for Corsica; diplomas and certificates; scrapbook; press clippings; photographs of Graham George, personalities of the music world, and musical events; sound recordings containing, among others, works by Graham George (A King for Corsica, Hymn for Christmas Day, Introduction and Fugue for String Quartet, Kingston Suite, etc.), choral and religious music, meetings of the International Folk Music Council and recordings with George's family members and students. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Graham George in several accessions between 1990 and 1992. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Proactive Disclosure