Fonds BC129 - Erik Chisholm Papers

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Erik Chisholm Papers


  • c. 1910-1965 (Creation)

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38 archive boxes plus music scores

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Biographical history

Eril Chisholm (1904-1965) was a Scottish-born composer, pianist, organist and conductor. He was Professor of Music and Director of the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town for 19 years from 1946.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by the South African College of Music.

Scope and content

Letters from well known composers and musicians and colleagues, c. 1929-1965.

Information on the Active Society for the Propagation of Contemporary Music, and the Operatic Society, which he founded in Glasgow c. 1929.

Lecture notes, MSS of "Operas of Leos Janácek", published 1971, and the "Celtic Song Book"; reviews of performances of his compositions.

Manuscripts of compositions.


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Contact University of Cape Town Libraries: Special Collections for information about accessing this collection.

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  • English

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Only a high-level description of the collection is maintained in AtoM. For a list of the textual manuscript contents, go to For a catalogue of the music compositions, go to

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Erik Chisholm Papers, BC1396

Music scores, TPA

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