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Sounds of North:
Two Centuries of Canadian Piano Music
GAL-108
Sounds of North

 

 

Sounds of North: Two Centuries of Canadian Piano

A milestone in Canadian piano music!
European-based musical genres have been created in Canada for over three hundred years. Gradually Canadian composers have developed a sense of place in their musical creations. Celebrated concert pianist and connoisseur of Canadian musical heritage, Elaine Keillor takes the listener on a unique journey through compositions written between 1807 and 2010 including,  for the first time on record, works by women composers and contemporary composers like Glenn Gould.  A unique and comprehensive portrait of Canadian music engineered by award-winning EMI alumnus Anton Kwiatowski.

The piano pieces presented on these four CDs show how composers moved beyond just giving a Canadian-influenced title to their composition. In different ways they allowed the space of their Canadian region to seep into their approach to organizing sounds and wrestled with the great myth of Canada as North
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A word from one Canadian composer

Review from the Ottawa Citizen, June 2012

*Over 90 Canadian compositions for the first time ever on record

CD 1: From 1807 to Ragtime

1. General Craig's March (1807) F. Glackemeyer (1759-1836) 1:34
2. Canadian Dance (1817?) George Pfeiffer (ca. 1790-18??) 3:11
3. Waltz for the Literary Garland (1838) W.H. Warren (d. 1856) 1:01
4. The Burlington Galop (1851)  J.P. Clarke (1808?-1877) 2:09
5. Favorite Toronto Air (ca. 1845) J. P. Clarke 3:14
6. The Monklands Polka (1849) J.-C. Brauneis, Jr. (1814-1871) 3:27
7. Mazurka caprice, Op. 190  (n.d.) C.W. Sabatier (1819-1862) 3:08
8. The Newfoundland Camp Gallopade (1853) H. C. Tillmann (d. 1862) 2:27
9. Scherzo (1862) R. O. Pelletier (1843-1927) 1:22
10. Scintillation (1863) Damis Paul (1827-1913) 3:50
11. La Comète (ca. 1874) Gustave Smith (1826-1896) 1:18
12. Air Savoyard (1884) Gustave Smith            2:34
13. Royal Canadian Lancers (1878) W. B. Bayley (1857-1939) 4:12
14. Shake Again Galop (1866) C. Lavallée (1849-1891) 3:05
15. Mouvement à la Pavane (1886)  Calixa Lavallée 2:23
16. Chant de voyageur (1887) Susie F. Harrison (1859-1935) 2:29
17. Joy and Grief (1888) George W. Strathy (1818-1890) 1:43
18. Modulation Sketch (1893) G. W. Strathy 4:39
19. The Aberdeen Waltzes (1894) F. J. H. Moore (fl. 1859-1906) 7:36
20. Happy Moments Gavotte (n.d.) C.A.E. Harris (1862-1929) 3:23
21. Marriage Bells (1887) C.A.E. Harris 2:17
22. Cave of the Winds (1902) R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) 1:43
23. Raggity Rag (1907) J.-B. Lafrenière (c.1875-c.1911) 1:55
24. The Imperial Native March (1907) J. Nelson (fl. 1890-1915) 2:20
25. Chantecler March & Two Step (1910) Jeanne Delmar (fl. 1907-1919) 1:50
26. Some Rag (1910) Willie Eckstein (1888-1963) 2:07
27. The “Ottawa” Rag (pub. 1913) George E. Lynn (? -?) 1:54
  TOTAL TIMING: 76:06

CD 2: Developments to the End of WWI

1. Yvonne (1903) Alexis Contant (1858-1918)                     3:41
2. Wiegenlied (ca. 1889) W.O. Forsyth (1859-1937) 2:34
3. Evening Song (pub. 1896) W.O. Forsyth 1:24
4. Confession (pub. 1918) W.O. Forsyth 2:24
5. In the Vale of Shadowland (pub. 1922) W.O. Forsyth 2:44
6. Prelude (pub. 1929) W.O. Forsyth 1:39
Deux Mazurkas (1890) Clarence Lucas (1866-1947)  
7. Mazurka No. 1   2:40
8. Mazurka No. 2   3:49
Praeludium con Fuga (1898) Clarence Lucas  
9. Praeludium   1:22
10. Fuga   3:04
11. Valse Impromptu (1904) Clarence Lucas            4:48
12. Valse lente (1905) Clarence Lucas            1:59
13. Lullalo, An Irish Lullaby (1890) W. C. Barron (1864-1936) 3:35
14. Conversazione Gavotte (ca. 1896) J. Vézina (1869-1956) 3:38
15. Mazurka Sentimentale (1897) Arthur Letondal (1869-1956) 2:29
16. Fête des roses (pub. 1928) A. W. Hughes (1870-1950) 2:51
17. To Daffodils (pub. 1908) Edmund Hardy (1876-1946) 1:33
Deux Pièces de genre (pub. 1904) Henri Gagnon (1887-1961)  
18. 1: Chanson d'été: Barcarolle   1:35
19. II:  Badinage   1:53
20. Sérénade (pub. 1912) Léo Roy (1887-1974) 4:28
21. Chevauchée (1911)             Rodolphe Mathieu (1890-1962) 3:09
22. À l’Aurore (pub. 1915) Emiliano Renaud (1875-1932) 2:50
23. Souvenir (pub. 1931) Emiliano Renaud 2:58
24. Valse triste (pub. 1917)  Alberto Guerrero (1886-1959) 3:02
Prélude et Filigrane (1918) Claude Champagne (1891-1965)  
25. Prélude   1:18
26. Filigrane   2:50
27. Gavotte pompadour (n.d.) Georges-Émile Tanguay 2:39
  TOTAL TIMING: 75:11

CD 3: New Sounds to the End of WWII

Trois Pièces brèves (pub. 1921) Georges-Émile Tanguay (1893-1964)                   
1. I: Hommage à Couperin   2:05
2. II: Apaisement   0:59
3. III: Danseuses devant Aphrodite   1:31
Trois Preludes (pub. 1927) George M. Brewer (1889-1947)  
4. I:   1:09
5. II:   1:03
6. III:   1:02
Suite canadienne (pub. 1945)  Léo-Pol Morin (1892-1941)  
7. I: Rigaudon   5:03
8. II: Chanson   1:44
9. III: Gigue (Le vieux)               3:53
10. Lydia (1910) Henri Miro (1879-1950) 2:57
11. Scènes mauresques (1936) Henri Miro 8:57
Suite for Piano (1930s?) Leo Smith (1881-1952)  
12. I: In wistful mood   3:15
13. II: Modulation 1 into II   2:14
14. III: Modulation 2 into III   5:08
15. IV: Modulation 3 into IV   3:59
16. The Concertina (pub. 1942) Leo Smith 3:46
Sonatina (pub. 1943)   Robert Fleming (1921-1976)  
17. I: Lyrically and freely   3:42
18. II: Quickly and with spirit   2:54
 Sonatina No. 1 (pub. 1999) Violet Archer (1913-2000)  
19. I: Allegretto semplice   2:51
20. II: Lento pensieroso              3:20
21. III: Tempo di valse              1:31
22. IV: Allegretto Capriccioso   2:07
Two Pieces (1951-2) Glenn Gould (1932-1982)  
23. I:   2:46
24. II:   1:17
25.Scherzino (1953) Oskar Morawetz (1917-2007) 1:37
  TOTAL TIMING: 72:49

CD 4: Canada's Space in Sound

A Northern Legend (1957) Louis Applebaum (1918-2000)                  
1. I: Tundra   2:24
2. I: Rocks   2:10
3. III: Huskies   3:03
4. IV: Midnight Sun   2:53
Aegean Sketches (1961) Jean Coulthard (1908-2000)  
5. The Valley of the Butterflies   3:12
6. Wine Dark Sea   3:16
7. Legend of the Palace of Knossos   2:50
Aquarelles (1965/2002) Alain Gagnon (b. 1938)  
8. 1. Fantaisie   1:43
9. 2. Rêverie   1:54
10. 3. Caprice   1:21
11. 4. Toccatine   2:08
12. 5. Cortège   2:26
13. 6. Burlesque              1:15
14. 7. Dance   0:55
15. Cave Pools (1973) J. M. Gayfer (1916-1997) 6:26
16. Etude et fantaisie (1974) Rhené Jaque (1918-2006) 6:38
17. Intermezzo III: Grave (1984) Bengt Hambraeus (1928-2000) 1:56
18. Intermezzo (1986) Rachel Laurin (b. 1961) 1:46
19. Schoenberg versus Gershwin (1991) Eldon Rathburn (1916-2008) 2:36
20. Silver and Shadow (1994) Patrick Cardy (1953-2005) 7:00
March, March!: Four short pieces for piano (2001) 

John Beckwith (b. 1927)

 
21. 1. Distant Bugle, I   2:28
22. 2. Single File   1:31
23. 3. Distant Bugle, II   2:29
24. 4. Unfinished Rag   2:16
25. The Jack Pine (2010) Musique Jocelyn Morlock (b. 1969) 4:53
  TOTAL TIMING: 73:13



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