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ILLSLEY, PERCIVAL J. (Percival John), 1865-1924

Percival J. Illsley fonds.  - 1884-1911.  - 4 cm of textual records. 

Biographical sketch
Organist, choirmaster, teacher and composer born in England.  From 1891 until his death, Illsley was the organist at St.  George's Anglican Church in Montréal, Quebec.  He taught music at the Montreal Diocesan College and at the McGill Conservatorium of Music.  His most important composition is the cantata Ruth (1894), published by Whaley, Royce & Co. Ltd. in Toronto.  He also composed hymns, anthems, songs and pieces for organ. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to P.J. Illsley's career as a composer:  autograph manuscripts of anthems and other pieces of church music. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Helmut Kallmann in 1970. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  inventory. 

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