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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 163

1985 International Bach Piano Competition fonds.  - 1984-1985.  - 2.90 m of textual records.  - 85 photographs.  - 49 slides.  - 13 negatives.  - 172 audio tape cassettes.  - 12 audio tape reels.  - 1 videocassette. 

Administrative history
This was an international piano competition held in Toronto from May 1 to 12, 1985, which attracted 166 competitors from 38 countries.  An initiative of impresario Nicholas Goldschmidt, the event was designed as a tribute to pianist Glenn Gould and his favourite composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, whose 300th birthday it was.  Proceeds went to the Glenn Gould Memorial Foundation.  Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, an Ottawa native, won the $15,000 first prize offered by the Continental Bank of Canada. 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records pertaining to the competition and its activities:  files on the organizing committees (minutes of meetings, correspondence); applications for grants and other financial documents; employee files; promotional material; files on competitors (curricula vitae, correspondence, photographs); sound recordings of auditions and video excerpts of the competition. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Nicholas Goldschmidt in 1985. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  list of sound recordings; provisional description. 

Proactive Disclosure