Canadian Musical Heritage Society/Société pour le patrimoine musical canadien

Canadian Musical Heritage Society/Société pour le patrimoine musical canadien.Founded in 1982 to assure the preservation and promote the study and performance of historical Canadian music through locating, selecting, editing and publishing compositions that are half a century old or older.

Canadian Musical Heritage Society/Société pour le patrimoine musical canadien

Canadian Musical Heritage Society/Société pour le patrimoine musical canadien.Founded in 1982 to assure the preservation and promote the study and performance of historical Canadian music through locating, selecting, editing and publishing compositions that are half a century old or older. The selection criteria include artistic merit, historical or social significance, Canadian significance even if the work was not written by a resident, or the first appearance in Canada of a given style, genre, form or medium. The board of directors, chaired by Helmut Kallmann, includes members of an editorial committee which reviews and approves the pre-selection by each volume's editor. Editorial committee members are John Beckwith, Clifford Ford, Frederick A. Hall, Helmut Kallmann, Elaine Keillor, and Lucien Poirier. The headquarters, in Ottawa, are run by the executive secretary, Clifford Ford. The society maintains an affiliation with Carleton University. A Friends of the Canadian Musical Heritage Society/Amis de la Société pour la Patrimoine musical canadien, was established in 1990, and it issues a semi-annual newsletter which was started that year. The volumes published up to 1991 are:

1. Piano Music I, ed Elaine Keillor, 1983

2. Sacred Choral Music I, ed Clifford Ford, 1984

3. Songs I, to English Texts, ed Frederick A. Hall, 1985

4. Organ Music I, ed Lucien Poirier, 1985

5. Hymn Tunes, ed John Beckwith, 1986

6. Piano Music II, ed Elaine Keillor, 1986

7. Songs II, to French Texts, ed Lucien Poirier, 1987

8. Music for Orchestra I, ed Helmut Kallmann, 1990

9. Sacred Choral Music II, ed Clifford Ford, 1988

10. Opera and Operetta Excerpts I, ed Dorith Cooper, 1991

11. Chamber Music I: Piano Trios, ed Robin Elliott, 1989


Further Reading

  • Littler, William. 'Reviving Canada's long-forgotten musical past,' Toronto Star, 27 Feb 1988

    Pichette, Jacques P. 'Une anthologie de la musique au Canada,' Aria, vol 12, Mar 1989

    Kallmann, Helmut. 'Canada's musical past: a forgotten heritage recalled,' Music, vol 12, Jun-Jul 1989

    Keillor, Elaine. 'Finding the sounds of Canada's musical past,' Fontes Artis Musicae, vol 41, Jan-Mar 1994

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