Ernest Gagnon, folklorist, organist (b Frédéric-Ernest-Amédée at Rivière-du-Loup [Louiseville], Qué 7 Nov 1834; d at Québec City 15 Sept 1915). Member of a prominent Québec City musical family, Gagnon is most noted for his work as a collector of French Canadian folk music. His song transcriptions, published 1865-67 as Chansons populaires du Canada, not only helped conserve a rich heritage, but alerted the musical world to the dignity and beauty of Québec's oral song tradition. He also took a keen interest in First Peoples' music and wrote a piano composition, Stadaconé (1858), which appears to be the first notated composition genuinely based on Aboriginal materials in North America. Gagnon was also an expert plainsong accompanist and virtuoso organist at St-Jean-Baptiste Church 1853-64 and at the Québec Basilica 1864-76. A number of his piano, vocal and choral compositions have been published in the Canadian Musical Heritage, volumes one, two and seven.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- McMillan, Barclay and Elaine Keillor. "Ernest Gagnon". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 25 February 2015, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/ernest-gagnon. Accessed 28 September 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- McMillan, B., & Keillor, E. (2015). Ernest Gagnon. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/ernest-gagnon
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- McMillan, Barclay , and Elaine Keillor. "Ernest Gagnon." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published June 15, 2009; Last Edited February 25, 2015.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Ernest Gagnon," by Barclay McMillan, and Elaine Keillor, Accessed September 28, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/ernest-gagnon
Published Online June 15, 2009
Last Edited February 25, 2015