An annotated bibliography of woodwind quintet music by Canadian composers
Aesthetics and fashions from the foreign lands of its founding fathers have long dominated the history of music in Canada. Strong colonial roots and the length of time taken to break free of them were a confirmation of Europe's historical domination of the world musically well into the twentieth century. Strong parallels exist in this regard between Canada and the United States.
The establishment of a sense of national identity and a unique musical language in which to express it has been a long process for Canadian composers. With the founding of the Canadian Music Centre in 1959 and the encouragement of such funding agencies as the Canada Council, the number of works in all genres by Canadians has increased substantially. Performing groups such as the York Winds, the Quebec Woodwind Quintet, and the Toronto Woodwind Quintet, active from the 1960's to the 1980's, commissioned many new works. Thanks to all these factors there now exists a rich and varied repertoire of Canadian chamber music for winds.
The purpose of this study is to present the repertoire for woodwind quintet composed by Canadians in an accessible, comprehensible, and inviting format to students, teachers, and performers of all levels. Following the lead of other disciplines (voice, horn, trombone, brass ensemble, solo flute) and the example set by those guidelists compiled under the auspices of the John Adaskin Project in Music Education, a single-page annotation describes the work, composer, technical challenges, musical style, and pedagogical and performance values. A chart highlighting specific elements of assessment is included with each annotation for quick reference.
The ultimate purpose of any guide is to promote the music described therein and to encourage and increase its study and performance both nationally and internationally. Additionally, this guide reveals the great diversity of compositional styles, levels of difficulty, and audience accessibility of these works. Finally, the writer wishes to encourage all students and performers, regardless of technical achievement or national background, to explore this resource and to encourage composers to add to it with works at all levels of difficulty.
0522: Music education
0385: Canadian studies