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Walter Boudreau fonds
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[195-]- 2004 (Creation)
- Boudreau, Walter
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ca. 4.5 m of textual records
213 sound recordings
1 moving images
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Walter Boudreau was born in Montreal October 15, 1947 to a musical family. His mother was a pianist; his father, who played alto saxophone in dance bands in Sorel, died just before Walter's birth. Walter Boudreau studied piano from age 7 to 13, then alto saxophone and later tenor saxophone. At 18 he led a jazz quartet. In 1968, with songwriter / poet Raoul Duguay, he founded the Montreal mixed-media music ensemble L'Infonie. Boudreau was the group's conductor and principal composer and arranger. He studied musical analysis at McGill University with Bruce Mather in 1968-1970, and analysis and composition with Serge Garant at Université de Montreal and with Gilles Tremblay at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 1969-1973. He had internships in Europe with Kagel, Ligeti, Stockhausen, and Xenakis, and with Boulez in Cleveland. A prolific composer, Boudreau has written for various types of musical ensembles and for Quebec films. He won first prize in the 1973 CBC National Competition for Young Composers. In 1982 he was the youngest-ever winner of the Jules-Léger Prize for his compositionOdyssée du Soleil. He has been the artistic director and conductor for the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, and is invited to conduct other orchestras.
The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries Special Collections March 9, 2016, March 16-17, 2016, March 22-24, 2016, April 19-20, 2016, April 26, 2016, May 3-5, 2016, May 10-11, 2016, and May 17-18, 2016.
Scope and content
The fonds provides information on the career of Walter Boudreau and on L'Infonie and the Quatuor de Jazz Libre du Québec, as well as Raoul Duguay, musicians Pierre Leduc and Jean Préfontaine, and the Société de Musique contemporaine du Quebec (SMCQ).
The fonds consists of musical scores and composition notes for Walter Boudreau's compositions and arrangements, press clippings, photographs, posters, sound recordings, and a robe worn by Boudreau in L'Infonie.
Immediate source of acquisition
The first part of the fonds was donated to the Concordia University Archives in 1987 by John Gilmore, with Walter Boudreau's consent. Other donations were made by Walter Boudreau to the Concordia University Archives in 2005, 2010 and 2013.
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Reproduction for research or private study is permitted in most cases.
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