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Fonds F0031 - Morris Surdin fonds.

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Morris Surdin fonds.


  • [194-?]-1990 (Creation)

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50.6 m of textual records and other material.

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Biographical history

Canadian composer, arranger and conductor Morris Surdin was born in Toronto, Ontario, on May 8, 1914. Died in Toronto on August 19, 1979. Biographical information available in Encyclopedia of music in Canada. 2nd ed., p. 1265-1266.

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Acquired from M. Surdin in 1977 and from the M.Surdin estate in 1990.

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Fonds consists of manuscript and microfilmed scores of compositions by M. Surdin, including many used to accompany theatrical productions and as incidental music for various Canadian Broadcasting Corporation dramatic series; lyrics and scripts of radio, television and stage plays by numerous Canadian playwrights, such as W. O. Mitchell, Max Braithwaite and Len Peterson, for which M. Surdin composed the accompanying music; sound recordings of radio drama, motion picture themes, symphonic and other music composed by M. Surdin; correspondence; and other miscellaneous material.

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No restrictions on access.

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Text in English.

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Includes ca. 400 sound recordings and ca. 60 microfilm cassettes.

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