Composition | The Canadian Encyclopedia




Composition. See the following:

Anthems, motets, and psalms

Art song

Ballets and dance theatre




Choral composition

Chamber music composition


Composition, instrumental solos and duos

Composition, topical

Composition competitions

Composition for ensemble teaching

Composition techniques, contemporary

Concertos and concertante music


Easter, Lent, the Passion

Electroacoustic music

Film scores

Folk-music-inspired composition



Harpsichord composition

Incidental music


Literature set to music



Musical theatre

Opera composition

Oratorio composition

Orchestral composition

Organ composition


Te Deum laudamus


See also Association of Canadian Women Composers; Canadian League of Composers; Canadian Music Centre; Copyright; John Adaskin Project; Lande Collections; National Library of Canada

General Bibliography

Articles and Books
Logan, John Daniel. 'Canadian creative composers,' Canadian Magazine, vol 41, Sep 1913

Forsyth, Wesley Octavius. 'Canadian composers,' CanJM, vol.2, Jun 1915

Bridle, Augustus. 'Who writes our music? A survey of Canadian composers,' Maclean's, 15 Dec 1929

Roy, Léo. 'Quebec composers,' MCan, vol 11, Nov 1930

Mason, Lawrence. Series of bio-bibliographical sketches of Canadian composers, Toronto Globe, 30 May - 31 Oct 1936

Saminsky, Lazare. 'Canadian youth,' Modern Music, vol 19, Nov-Dec 1941

Lapierre, Eugène. Un style canadien de musique (Quebec City 1942)

Papineau-Couture, Jean. 'Que sera la musique canadienne?' Amérique française, vol 2, Oct 1942

MacMillan, Sir Ernest. 'Musical composition in Canada,' Culture, vol 3, 1942

Proceedings of the Music Teachers' National Association (Pittsburgh 1946)

Brassard, François. 'Pour une musique canadienne,' Revue de l'U Laval, vol 5, no. 8, 1951

George, Graham. 'Canada's music - 1955,' Culture, vol 16, Spring 1955

Beckwith, John. 'Composers in Toronto and Montreal,' University of Toronto Q, vol 26, Fall 1956

MacMillan, Sir Ernest. 'Some problems of the Canadian composer,' Dalhousie R, vol 36, Spring 1956

'The Canadian composer,' The Canada Council Bulletin, no. 5, Winter 1960

Davidson, Hugh. 'Canadian composers: differences, contradictions, anomalies,' Musical America, Sep 1963

Kendergi, Maryvonne. 'Musique canadienne or compositeurs canadiens?' Cimaise, vol.14, Apr-Jul 1967

Kallmann, Helmut. 'Music in Canada, 1867: a long glance backward,' Mcan, 3, Jul 1967

CMCentre, Quebec region. Compositeurs au Québec (Montreal 1974-)

Gillmor, Alan. 'Contemporary music in Canada,' Contact, 11, Summer 1975, 12, Autumn 1975

Bradley, Ian. Twentieth Century Canadian Composers, 2 vols (Agincourt, Ont 1977, 1982)

'Composition in Canada,' Mcan, 52, Sep 1984

Schafer, R. Murray. On Canadian Music (Bancroft, Ont 1984)

Hello Out There! CanMus Documents 2, ed John Beckwith and Dorith R. Cooper (Toronto 1988)

'From composer to audience: the production of "serious" music in Canada,' CUMR, vol 9, no. 2, 1989

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

Young, Stephen. 'Aesthetics of victim/victimization in three works of Anglo-Canadian music,' American Rof Canadian Studies, vol 19, Winter 1989

Galaise, Sophie and Rivest, Johanne, 'Compositeurs québécois: chronique d'une décennie (1980-1990),' Circuit, 1, [1991]

Lefebvre, Marie-Thérèse. La Création musicale des femmes au Québec (Montreal 1991)

Desautels, Andrée. 'The history of Canadian composition 1610-1967,' Aspects of Music in Canada

Beckwith, John. 'Music composition,' Canadian Encyclopedia

Canadian Music of the Twentieth Century


Beaudet, Jean-Marie. 'Composition,' Music in Canada

See also Musicology, section 2, for theses on Canadian compositions









Fourteen Piano Pieces by Canadian Composers (Harris 1955)

Catalogues and Bibliographies

Smitherman, Mary. 'Canadian composers,' Ontario Library Review, vol.15, Aug 1930

CFMTA and Oxford University Press. A List of Canadian Music (Toronto 1946)

[CBC] Catalogue of Canadian Composers (Toronto [1947])

Shand, Patricia M., ed. Canadian Music: A Selective Guidelist for Teachers (Toronto 1978)

Poirier, Lucien, ed. Canadian musical works 1900-1980: a bibliography of general and analytical sources (Ottawa 1983)

Catalogue of Canadian Composers

Checklist of Canadian Copyright Deposits in the British Museum

Contemporary Canadian Composers/Compositeurs canadiens contemporains

List of Canadian Copyright Compositions

Musical Canadiana

Thirty-four Biographies