Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Jean Coulthard (1908-2000)

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There was never any question that I'd be a musician, not at all. What age did I enjoy the most? I've enjoyed them all!


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Born in Vancouver; Coulthard wrote her first compositions under the supervision of her mother. Her teachers included R. O. Morris and Ralph Vaughan Williams. She had assessment critiques from Schoenberg, Milhaud and Bartok. Coulthard forged her own tonally-based musical. Her repertoire includes over 350 works. Coulthard's earliest works show the influence of the French impressionists. Immediately after the Second World War she developed a blend of traditional formal processes with polytonally based and chromatically enriched harmonies. Several major works dated from this period, including the frequently performed Sonata for Cello and Piano, Quebec May, and the Variations on B.A.C.H. During the next three decades Coulthard wrote many new works, such as Canada Mosaic, which were intentionally designed to be accessible to the general musical public. Her more recent works explore a vocabulary of contemporary techniques -- aleatory effects, microtones, musique concrete, and tone clusters. [Adapted from Canadian Music Centre]

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