Fonds F0182 - Malcolm Forsyth fonds.

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Malcolm Forsyth fonds.


  • 1951-2011 (Creation)

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12.185 m of textual records and other materials:
218 audio-cassette tapes
55 1/4" audiotapes on 7" reel-to-reel
20 1/4" audiotapes on 5" reel-to-reel
2 1/4 " audiotapes on 10.5" reel-to-reel
2 1/4" audiotape on 6" reel-to-reel
1 1/4" audiotape on 4" reel-to-reel
2 CDs
13 graphic materials
11 computer disks : 4.5 inches
2 contact sheets : 10x8" ; black and white
60 negatives : 35mm
2 photoprints : black&white ; 10x6" or smaller

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Biographical history

Canadian composer, teacher, trombonist and conductor Malcolm Forsyth was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on December 8, 1936. Came to Canada in 1968. Died in Edmonton, Alberta on July 5, 2011. Biographical information available in Encyclopedia of music in Canada. 2nd ed., p. 488-489.

Archival history

Donated by M. Forsyth between 1995 and 2011, and by the estate of Malcolm Denis Forsyth in 2011.

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Fonds consists of records related to the professional and personal life of Malcolm Forsyth that reveal the many aspects of his career as music composer and arranger, conductor and music director, educator, and scholar. The fonds is arranged into seven record series: Music Composing series consisting of music sketches and scores composed by Forsyth, and other records related to his compositions (1960-2010); Music Arranging series consisting of music sketches and scores arranged by Forsyth, and related material (1960-2011); Music Business series consisting of records related to the business and administrative aspects of Forsyth’s music career (1957-2010); Other Musical Activities series consisting of sound recordings of Forsyth’s works, sound recordings of interviews with him, records related to his teaching, conducting, and adjudicating activities, and concert programs of his works (1961-2010); Scholarship series consisting of records related to Forsyth’s music education and his academic career (1960-2000); Personal series consisting of biographies, curriculum vitae, photographs, and art sketches (1960-2010); and Correspondence series consisting of professional and personal correspondence (1967-2011).

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The fonds is artificially arranged into the following series: Music compositions Music arranging Music business Other musical activities Scholarship Personal

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Some records are in French or German.

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Two boxes of financial records including personal banking, cheque stubs, and statements were disposed of September 2018.

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