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Alan Walker fonds
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3.67 m of textual records and graphic material
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Alan Walker, Doctor of Music, F.R.S.C., university professor and writer, was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England on 6 April 1930. He was educated at the Guildhall School of Music and at Durham University, where he specialized in piano, theory, harmony and counterpoint. In his early career, he lectured at the Guildhall School of Music from 1959 to 1961, and at London University from 1954 to 1970. Walker was a producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1961 to 1971, and has contributed to programmes at the BBC and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music at City University in London from 1984 to 1987 and has been a Professor of Music at McMaster University since 1971, where he was Chairman of the Department from 1971 to 1980. Walker is the recipient of numerous honours, including the Hungarian Liszt Society Medal in 1980, the American Liszt Society Medal in 1984, and the Pro Cultura Hungaria Medal in 1995. He was awarded an honorary doctorate, D. Litt (honoris causa), from McMaster University in 2002. He is the author of A Study in Music Analysis, 1962, An Anatomy of Musical Criticism, 1968, Franz Liszt, 1971, Robert Schumann, 1976, Franz Liszt: Volume One, 1983, (for which he won the James Tait Black Award in 1983, and Yorkshire Post Music Book of the Year Award in 1984), Franz Liszt: Volume Two, 1989, and Franz Liszt: Volume Three, 1996. He co-authored, with Gabriele Erasmi, Liszt, Carolyne, and the Vatican: The Story of a Thwarted Marriage, 1991, and was the editor of Symposium on Chopin, 1967, Symposium on Liszt, 1970, Symposium on Schumann, 1972, and The Diary of Carl Lachmund: An American Pupil of Liszt, 1995. His latest book is The Death of Franz Liszt. Based on the Unpublished Diary of His Pupil Lina Schmalhausen, 2002. He has written over 100 articles for learned journals. Alan Walker presently resides in Ancaster, Ont. A biographical essay on Walker by James Deaville is appended to the finding aid.
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The fonds consists of two accruals. The first accrual (34-1997) is arranged in two series consisting of correspondence and personal files. The second accrual (35-2004) is arranged into three series consisting of correspondence, academic and personal material, books an photographic reproductions. Also received as part of the accruals were fifteen books either written or edited by Walker; these books have been catalogued for Research Collections.
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First accrual was donated in 1997, second accrual in 2004, both from Alan Walker.
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Also received as part of the accrual were thirteen books either written or edited by Walker; these books have been catalogued for Research Collections.
Further accruals are expected.
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