An Overview of the Piano Concerto in Canada Since 1900 with Stylistic Analyses of Works Since 1967 by Eckhardt-Gramatte, Dolin, Louie, Kuzmenko, and Schmidt
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This study provides an overview of the piano concerto in Canada since 1900 with stylistic analyses of five concertos written in the five decades since 1967 by five Canadian composers: Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, Samuel Dolin, Alexina Louie, Larysa Kuzmenko, and Heather Schmidt. The purpose of the study is to update research on the Canadian piano concerto, spotlight these five concertos, and provide an updated list of Canadian piano concertos as a resource for pianists and teachers. The introduction provides a review of related literature including dissertations, relevant books, and Internet sources that explore related topics. Chapter one presents a history of the development of the piano concerto in Canada since 1900. Chapters two through six discuss five selected concertos: Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté’s Symphony-Concerto (1967), Samuel Dolin’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1974), Alexina Louie’s Concerto for piano and orchestra (1984), Larysa Kuzmenko’s Piano Concerto (1995), and Heather Schmidt’s Piano Concerto No. 4, “Phoenix Ascending” (2005). Each chapter contains sections on the composer’s biography and style as well as a brief stylistic analysis of the concerto’s form, themes, orchestration, and interaction between the piano and orchestra, with musical examples. A description of the pianistic writing completes each chapter. Appendix A provides a list of known piano concertos of Canadian composers written between 1900 and 2010, arranged by date of composition. Notes include information on, among other things, the duration, orchestration, publication, performances, and discography, as available. Appendices B through D provide lists of: concertos of Canadian composers, arranged by composer; concertos of immigrant Canadian composers written prior to arrival in Canada; and miscellaneous concertos.
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