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STONE, COURT, 1919-1983
MUS 156

Court Stone fonds.  - [1930]-[ca. 1982].  - 2 m of textual records.  - 126 photographs.  - 6 negatives.  - 2 drawings.  - 1 watercolour.  - 11 audio discs.  - 1 audio tape cassette. 

Biographical sketch
Born in Renfrew, Ontario, Court Stone studied with the famous pianist Mona Bates, whom he assisted for some years, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in 1948.  As a professional musician, he was often a guest pianist on various radio stations (CBO, Ottawa, CJCH and CHNS, Halifax).  In 1945 he began to teach composition in Toronto.  With his mother, Louise Stone, he composed and produced successful musicals:  So Long Silas, Scandal in the Village, Muskoka Holiday and We've Got a Play in the Festival.  He also held many music-related positions, including examiner at the Royal Conservatory, music critic for the Globe and Mail, and president of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Court Stone:  family and professional correspondence; diplomas; manuscripts of pieces for voice and piano; score and libretto of the musical Träumerei; sketches of compositions; manuscript version of We are the Music-Makers:  A Bird's Eye View of the Music-Teaching Scene; educational material; file on Arthur Shilling; press clippings; scrapbooks, including among other items, reviews by Court Stone; photographs of C. Stone, members of his family, performances and personalities from the world of music; drawings by Arthur Shilling; watercolour of C. Stone; sound recordings of C. Stone and the musical Muskoka Holiday

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Kaireen Johnston, sister of C. Stone, in 1984 and 1986. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  summary list. 

Associated material:  Louise Stone fonds (MG 30, D 321) at the National Archives of Canada. 

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