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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

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Renée Maheu fonds.  - 1911-1995.  - 1.60 m of textual records.  - 591 photographs.  - 3 audio discs.  - 29 audio tape reels.  - 124 audio tape cassettes.  - 1 computer disk. 

Biographical sketch
Québec-born Renée Maheu studied singing with Raoul Jobin, Louise André, Bernard Diamant, Maestra Fambri, Giorgio Favaretto, Pierre Bernac and Ré Koster.  From 1965 to 1968, she also studied musicology at the Conservatoire de Paris with Norbert Dufourcq.  She performed as a singer in a number of countries with orchestras such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.  In 1968, after an accident in Yugoslavia, she turned to journalism, writing articles for, among others, Le Devoir, Les Cahiers canadiens de musique, Opera Canada, Sonances and Opéra international.  In addition to working on radio and television broadcasts for the CBC (Chronique du disque, Femmes d'aujourdhui, etc.), she produced the series entitled Les Grandes voix du Canada for Radio-France and Analekta records and was also responsible for the Jeunes virtuoses series broadcast on TV5Canada.  A thorough biographer, she wrote Raoul Jobin, la voix d'or du Québec (1983), Pierrette Alarie et Léopold Simoneau :  deux voix, un art (1988) and Un Piano sur la mer :  John Newmark et son temps (1997). 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records pertaining primarily to Renée Maheu's work as a historian.  It contains, among other items, biographical records; correspondence with various musicians and musicologists including Norbert Dufourcq; concert programmes; research files on Canadian musicians consisting of correspondence, interviews, financial records, contracts, brochures, discographies and press clippings; manuscripts of books on Raoul Jobin, Léopold Simoneau, Pierrette Alarie and John Newmark; a collection of Raoul Jobin's letters (Régine Crespin, Roger Lemelin, Jean Deslauriers, Wilfrid Pelletier, Maurice Duplessis, etc.); photographs of Raoul Jobin and other Canadian singers including Colette Boky, Joseph Rouleau, Yoland Guérard, Huguette Tourangeau, Charles Goulet, etc.; sound recordings of musical events (concerts, recitals, radio broadcasts) in which Renée Maheu and other musicians (Jobin, Richard Verreau, Kenneth Gilbert, Newmark, etc.) participated. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Renée Maheu in 1995. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected

Proactive Disclosure