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John Weinzweig (1913–2006) was once the pre-eminent Canadian composer of his new release. motivated by means of ecu modernists comparable to Stravinsky, Berg, and Webern, he used to be the 1st Canadian composer to hire serialism, thereby bringing a spirit of innovation to mid-twentieth-century Canadian tune. A forceful suggest for contemporary Canadian composition, Weinzweig performed a key function within the founding of the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian track Centre in the course of a buoyant and expansive interval for the humanities in Canada. He used to be an influential strength as a instructor of composition, first with the Royal Conservatory of track and later with the collage of Toronto’s tune school.

this primary finished examine of Weinzweig when you consider that his dying involves new essays through composers, theorists, and musicologists. It offers with biographical points (the social context of early-twentieth-century Toronto, his activism, his educating, his early ratings for CBC Radio dramas), analyzes his compositional techniques and his output (his method of serialism, his instrumental perform, the presence of jazz components, the vocal works, the divertimenti), and examines a number of reviews of his track (his personal – in letters, interviews, talks, and writings – plus these of critics and students, of listeners, and of performers). The essays are framed by way of the co-editors’ portrait/assessment of Weinzweig and a quick own memoir. a lot of the content material attracts on new learn within the huge Weinzweig Fonds at Library and data Canada in Ottawa.

incorporated on the finish of the ebook are a [ List of Works by means of John Weinzweig by way of Kathleen McMorrow and a Discography through David Olds] either on hand the following as pdfs.

Supplementing the quantity is an audio CD of extracts (some of their first public release), starting from a 1937 scholar paintings to a tune cycle of 1994. learn the [ Notes and Texts for the CD.]

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