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Fielding, William Stevens

William Stevens Fielding, 1848–1929, Canadian statesman, b. Halifax, N.S. A newspaper editor in Halifax, he entered the provincial legislature in 1882 and was provincial prime minister (1884–96). He then entered the House of Commons, and for 15 years (1896–1911) he was Wilfrid Laurier's minister of finance. As a tariff expert, Fielding helped to negotiate the reciprocal trade treaty with the United States in 1911 that resulted in the fall of Laurier's government. Favoring military conscription for Canada in World War I, he parted with Laurier on the issue and supported Sir Robert Borden's Union government. After the war he returned to the Liberal party, and in Mackenzie King's cabinet he again served (1921–25) as minister of finance.

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Stevens, Denis (William)

Stevens, Denis (William) (b High Wycombe, 1922; d 2004). Eng. musicologist, critic, violinist, and conductor. Worked as mus. critic in Calcutta and Oxford. Played vn. and va. in Philharmonia Orch. 1946–9. On BBC mus. staff as producer specializing in Renaissance and Baroque mus. 1949–54. Cond., Ambrosian Singers 1956–60. Prof., RAM 1956–61, prof. of musicology, Columbia Univ., NY, 1964–74. Ed. of Monteverdi's Vespers (1961, rev. 1993) and Orfeo (1967). Salzburg Fest. 1967; cond. first Monteverdi at Proms, 1967. Author of books on Tudor church mus. and Thomas Tomkins, ed. of Eng. madrigals, Tudor org. mus., etc. Trans. letters of Monteverdi (1980). CBE 1984.

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