Eugene Cramer

Eugene (Casjen) Cramer. Musicologist, educator, tenor, b Davis, S Dak, 22 Nov 1935, naturalized Canadian 1980; B MUS (Yankton) 1957, M MUS (Yale) 1964, PH D (Boston) 1973.

Cramer, Eugene

Eugene (Casjen) Cramer. Musicologist, educator, tenor, b Davis, S Dak, 22 Nov 1935, naturalized Canadian 1980; B MUS (Yankton) 1957, M MUS (Yale) 1964, PH D (Boston) 1973. He studied voice with Ida Clawson Hunt, Blake Stern, and Martha Longmire; composition with Nadia Boulanger; musicology with Gustave Reese and Murray Lefkowitz. He taught 1957-61 at Garretson (S Dak) Public Schools and 1964-70 at Park College (Parkville, Mo), where he became department chairman in 1967. He joined the faculty of the University of Calgary in 1973 and in 1984 became head of the Department of Music. He was a music reviewer for The Calgary Albertan 1976-80 and served on the Calgary Region Arts Foundation 1980-8. As a singer he is known for his Lieder recitals and oratorio performances, including Haydn's Creation, Handel's Judas Maccabeus and Messiah; Bach's Mass in B Minor; Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, and Mozart's Coronation Mass.

Writings

Eugene Cramer, 'A selected list of art songs in French,' Missouri J of Research in Music Education, vol 2, Autumn 1970

'The Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae of Tomás Luis de Victoria: a study of selected aspects and an edition and commentary,' PH D thesis, Boston U 1973

'Some observations concerning the Lamentations and Passions of Waclaw z Szamotul,' CAUSM J, vol 5, Spring 1975

'Guillaume de Machaut, La Messe de Nostre Dame: A review of available recordings,' Adagio, vol 1, Sep 1976

'On the significance of the clef combinations used in the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria,' The American Choral R, vol 18, Jul 1976

'A consideration of Guiseppe Mazzini's Filosofia della musica,' CAUSM J, vol 6, Spring 1976

'Polish Music in the sixteenth century and the idea of a Golden Age,' CAUSM J, vol 9, Autumn 1980

'Elizabethan and Jacobean lute-song cycles,' The National Association of Teachers of Singing Bulletin, Jan-Feb 1981

A Basic Skills Handbook for Music History Students (Calgary 1982)

Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae, Tomás Luis de Victoria (Ottawa, 1982)

'Tomás Luis de Victoria's second thoughts: a reappraisal,' CUMR, vol 6, 1985


Further Reading

  • Skowron, Zbigniew, 'O muzykologii Kanadyjskiej, Waclawie z Szamotul: Wielkiej Tradycji wywiad z prof. Eugenem C. Cramerem,' Ruch Muzyczny, vol 25, 14 Sep 1986