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Kenneth Peacock: Biography

Kenneth Peacock
1922 - 2000
Region: Ontario

Kenneth Peacock

KENNETH PEACOCK, (b. 1922, d. 2000), composer, pianist and musicologist, studied with Alma Cockburn, Mona Bates, Reginald Godden and Leo Smith at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (now the Royal Conservatory of Music) and, at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, studied composition with Healey Willan and John Weinzweig. Other teachers included Michel Hirvy in Montreal and F.J. Cooke in Boston. His String Quartet won the McGill Chamber Music Competition in 1949. Widely known as a folklorist with extensive experience as a field researcher among the Native, Anglo-Canadian (particularly Newfoundland), Acadian and European cultures in Canada and as an editor and writer on the folk music of Canada, he was a former director of ethnic folk music research at the National Museum of Man in Ottawa (1962-72). Reflecting hisinterest in folk music, his compositions have folk-like themes in a basically tonal style. He has written for orchestra, voice, instrumental ensembles and piano, utilizing some folk elements in many of his scores.

Many of Mr. Peacock's papers are now held in the Saskatchewan provincal archives.

CMC 2000

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