A large part of the collection is made up of instrumental and chamber music, but there are also a number of songs, part-songs and some orchestral music, comprising of some 150 volumes (including scores and parts). There are around 60 items as yet uncatalogued works comprising of drafts, fragments and sketches.
Autograph scores of music by Sir John Blackwood McEwen, 1868-1948, composer
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Administrative / Biographical History
Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948) was born in Hawick, Borders, Scotland. After graduating MA from the University of Glasgow in 1888 he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He came back to Glasgow, Scotland to teach at the Glasgow Athenaeum from 1895 to 1898 , thereafter returning to the Royal Academy as Professor of Harmony and Composition before becoming Principal there in 1924 retiring in 1936 . In 1947 , some 11 years after his retirement, he was persuaded to give his compositions to Glasgow University Library. He died in 1948 .
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Gift : John McEwen : 1947 : ACCN 4622
Transfer : Scottish Music Information Centre : 1981 : ACCN 4623
Transfer : Scottish Music Information Centre : 1998 : ACCN 4745
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No known copies
Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 15 March 2002
No alterations made to date
Conditions Governing Use
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures
Held by John Blackwood McEwen and presented to the University via H G Farmer. Some material held by the Scottish Music Information Centre.
Sheila M. Craik, 'Tunic-tinsel-toga: an exhibition to mark the centenary of Henry George Farmer, 1882-1965', College Courant (Glasgow), no. 70 (March 1983), pp 24-27