Canadian Music Concert: Connexion Française
These concerts have been associated, since their inception in 2014, with a course in Canadian music taught at McGill for the past five years. The intention, in arranging for the concerts, was to try to perform important repertoire by Canadian composers of an older generation, that which was really the “foundation” generation of modern Canadian music,composers such as John Weinzweig, Barbara Pentland, Harry Somers, John Beckwith, Bruce Mather, Pierre Mercure, François Morel, Serge Garant, and so on. Much of this repertoire is not being performed and is in danger of more or less slipping into oblivion, especially since the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has given up its traditional role with respect to contemporary Canadian concert music.
Brian Cherney, coordinator
- John Hawkins, Waves for soprano and piano (1971)
- John Beckwith, Fractions for piano in 16th-tones and string quartet (2006) - In honour of John Beckwith's 90th Birthday
- Harry Somers, String Quartet No. 2 (1950)
- Bruce Mather, La lune mince for choir (1965)
- Darius Milhaud, Symphonie de chambre (Little Symphony) No. 6, Op. 79 (1923) for voices, oboe, and cello.
- Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Étude sur le carré magique sonore Op. 40 for piano
- Bruce Mather, Étude VIIA for piano in 16th tones
Concert presented as part of the SAM Conference