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Canadian Orchestral Composers Responding to Historical Influences

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National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

Early Canadian Orchestral Music
An introduction to the history of Canadian orchestral music.
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The Composers and their Music
An introduction to the composers Weinzweig, Colgrass, Morawetz, Pentland, Prévost and Vivier.
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Guided Listening #1: Fanfares!
A guided listening activity for André Prévost's Célébration and Barbara Pentland's News.
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Guided Listening #2: Minds on Mozart!
A guided listening activity for Michael Colgrass' Letter from Mozart.
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Guided Listening #3: Dream Deferred
A guided listening activity for Claude Vivier's Wo Bist du Licht!
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Guided Listening #4: Silence as Sound
A guided listening activity for John Weinzweig's Dummiyah.
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Guided Listening #5: Words Live On
A guided listening activity for Oskar Morawetz's From the Diary of Anne Frank
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Learning Activity #1: A Musical Mix-Up
A learning activity for Michael Colgrass' Letter from Mozart.
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Learning Activity #2: Read All About It!
A learning activity based on Barbara Pentland's News.
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Learning Activity #3: Culminating Task
A learning activity based on all of the compositions featured in the learning collection, "The Spirit of the Age: Composers Responding to Historical Influences"
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Programme Notes
Information about Weinzweig's Dummiyah, Colgrass's Letter From Mozart, Morawetz's The Diary of Anne Frank, Pentland's News, Prévost's Célébration, and Vivier's Wo bist du licht!
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Learning Objectives

The Spirit of the Age: Composers Responding to Historical Influences is designed for students and educators to meet the following objectives:

• Learn about the strategies composers use to create music about the real world.
• Consider the role of music as a way both to celebrate the achievements of the times and to reflect upon its darker realities.
• Make a personal connection with issues of social justice or great human achievements, and use some of the strategies they have learned to compose music about our own era.