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Author McGee, Timothy J. (Timothy James), 1936-

Title The music of Canada / by Timothy J. McGee.

Published New York : W.W. Norton, [1985]
©1985

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Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes "Anthology" (music): p. 163-227.
Bibliography "Readings, recordings, and films": pages 229-246.
Contents Chapter I New France 1 -- Folk Music 2 -- Chapter II British Influence and Post-Conquest Quebec 19 -- British Influence 19 -- Folk Music 21 -- Dancing 23 -- Formal Musical Activities 24 -- Post-Conquest Quebec 31 -- Other Cities and Settlements 33 -- Composition 35 -- Chapter III Nineteenth Century to Confederation 38 -- Music in Church 40 -- Popular Music 43 -- Formal Music Making 50 -- Business of Music 53 -- Outstanding Personalities 53 -- Children of Peace 58 -- Chapter IV Confederation to the End of the First World War, 1867-1920 61 -- West 62 -- Popular Music 63 -- Church Music 65 -- Formal Music Making 66 -- Outstanding Performers 70 -- Business of Music 72 -- Composers and Their Works 74 -- Chapter V To the End of World War II, 1920-1945 82 -- Radio and Phonograph 83 -- Repertory 85 -- Instrumental Ensembles 87 -- Vocal Music 88 -- Music Education 89 -- Outstanding Personalities 89 -- Composers 91 -- Chapter VI Recent Developments, 1945-1984 104 -- Multiculturalism 105 -- Performing Groups 107 -- Popular Musicians 110 -- Music Education 111 -- Support Organizations 112 -- Centennial Celebration 113 -- Composition 114 -- Modern Directions 124 -- Electronic (Electroacoustic) Music 138 -- Chapter VII Music of the Original Canadians 141 -- Canadian Indians 142 -- Inuit 156 -- Anthology -- 1 Joseph Quesnel, "Rions chantons" from Colas et Colinette 163 -- 2 James P. Clarke, "The Emigrants Home Dream" from Lays of the Maple Leaf, or Songs of Canada 166 -- 3 Charles D'Albert, Waltz No. 2 from Grand Trunk Waltzes 168 -- 4 Calixa Lavallee, Mouvement a la Pavane 169 -- 5 Calixa Lavallee, "Single I Will Never Be" from The Widow 171 -- 6 Claude Champagne, Danse villageoise 173 -- 7 Healey Willan, Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue 179 -- 8 Healey Willan, Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One 199 -- 9 Jean Papineau-Couture, Prelude from Suite pour Piano 202 -- 10 Gilles Tremblay, "Phases" from Pieces pour piano 203 -- 11 Godfrey Ridout, Etude II from Two Etudes 206 -- 12 John Weinzweig, Movement No. 1 from Divertimento No. 1 219 -- 13 R. Murray Schafer, Part V from Requiems for the Party Girl 226.
Summary This book is addressed to all those interested in Canada: its history, its culture, its music. Written by Timothy McGee, professor of music at the University of Toronto, the narrative ranges across the many genres of music that have flourished in Canada: art music, folk and popular music, church music, and jazz. Since the book is non-technical in its approach so that it may be easily understood by those not specifically trained in music, the author has thoughtfully provided separate analytical sections for the more advanced reader.
Abounding in music examples and replete with illustrations which vividly reflect each era of Canadian history, the volume also includes an anthology of thirteen complete works (or movements) by prominent Canadian composers, past and present. Each chapter begins with a brief summary of the social and political background of the period under discussion, so that its music may be understood within the context of Canadian history. The double heritage--French and English--which has both enriched and troubled Canadian cultural life, is traced from its origins to the present day. A final chapter departs from this chronological format to focus on the music of the Indian and Inuit people and comment on its sociocultural significance. Finally, an appendix including the sources of all the music discussed, a bibliography, discography, and filmography rounds out this groundbreaking volume.
Subject Music -- Canada -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0393953769 (paperback)
039302279X