Fonds glen-1370 - Minuetta Kessler fonds

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Minuetta Kessler fonds

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GLEN glen-1370

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  • 1920-2002 (Creation)
    Kessler, Minuetta

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28 cm of textual records. -- 2 audio discs. -- 4 audio cassettes. -- 1 photograph

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Minuetta Shumiatcher, 1914-2002, was born in Gomel, Russia when her mother, who had recently settled in Calgary, was visiting her native country. She was raised in Calgary and in 1920, at the age of five, made her debut as a pianist-composer. She received a personal scholarship with Ernest Hutcheson and studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York, USA from 1930 to 1936, receiving two diplomas in piano. She had a successful career as a composer and music teacher. Her Alberta Concerto premiered in Montreal in 1947 and she won two Canadian ASCAP Awards for composition. She also specialized in teaching music composition to young children. In 1984 she was awarded the first Master Teachers Certificate Diploma by the Music Teachers National Association in the USA. She married twice, first to Ernest Borek in the early 1940s and then to Myer M. Kessler in 1952. She had two children, Ronald Elliot Kessler and Jean (Brenner). She lived in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA where she ran her own publishing company, Musical Resources.

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Most of the records (M 7228) were originally deposited at the University of Calgary Library, but were transferred to the Glenbow in 1988.

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The fonds consists of programs and newsclippings related to her musical career (1920-1993); recording and musical score for Alberta Concerto (1947); musical scores for various compositions, including Sharples Sonata, Alberta With Love, Lake O'Hara's Magic Circle, and Three Songs of Western Canada; games and piano pieces for children; recordings of Music for Solo Instruments (1979) and Childhood Cameos (1981); lists of her compositions; articles about teaching children; her memoirs; her obituary from the Boston Globe; her eulogy given by Ronald Kessler; and a portrait photograph.

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Gift of Minuetta Kessler, Ronald Kessler, and gift of University of Calgary Library, 1982-2003.


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  • The material is in English.

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The bulk of Minuetta Kessler's fonds is held by the Boston Public Library.

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Record No. M 6420;M 7228;M 7392;RAD 30;RAT 43;NA 3505<br><br>

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