By John Beckwith, Brian Cherney
John Weinzweig (1913–2006) used to be the pre-eminent Canadian composer of his new release. encouraged through eu modernists corresponding 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 track. 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 tune and later with the collage of Toronto’s tune college.
this primary complete research of Weinzweig considering his dying contains new essays by way of composers, theorists, and musicologists. It bargains with biographical elements (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 parts, the vocal works, the divertimenti), and examines a variety of reviews of his tune (his personal – in letters, interviews, talks, and writings – plus these of critics and students, of listeners, and of performers). The essays are framed via the co-editors’ portrait/assessment of Weinzweig and a short own memoir. a lot of the content material attracts on new examine within the wide Weinzweig Fonds at Library and information Canada in Ottawa.
integrated on the finish of the ebook are a [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/General/beckwith-cherney-list-of-works-discography.pdf List of Works by way of John Weinzweig by means of Kathleen McMorrow and a Discography through David Olds] either on hand the following as pdfs.
Supplementing the amount is an audio CD of extracts (some of their first public release), starting from a 1937 pupil paintings to a track cycle of 1994. learn the [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/General/beckwith-cherney-cd-notes.pdf Notes and Texts for the CD.]