Musical Structures

© Fred Cattroll


Musical Structures explores how Canadian composers have creatively used traditional musical structures and forms. The compositions featured here include a symphony, Pépin’s Symphonie No. 2, a divertimento, Adaskin’s Diversion for Orchestra, an overture, Estacio’s Frenergy, a suite, Beckwith’s Music for Dancing, and two concertos, Ridout’s Ballade for Viola and Strings and Hétu’s Concerto pour flûte, which has a middle movement in ternary form.

Most of these structures are compositional forms that arose in the baroque and classical eras but are here being used by twentieth century composers with more current techniques such as serialism, atonalism, and complex or overlapping rhythms. Musical Structures describes the historical origins of these forms and examines how Canadian composers have used them in new and creative ways.

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