Redefining the boundaries: Three twentieth century Canadian works for cello
Mishkin, Valdine Ritchie
Doctor of Musical Arts
Canadian music has come into its own and flourished in the twentieth century, but is largely unrecognized on an international level. This document examines three important cello works by Canadian composers that are deserving of international recognition: Jean Coulthard's Sonata for Cello and Piano (1947), Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte's Duo Concertante (1959), and Andre Prevost's Sonate No. 2 pour Violoncelle et Piano (1985). Foundational discussions include the culture of Canadian composition and the governmental programs that support it, the stylistic trends of Canadian composers, and the public resources for Canadian music. Six criteria for judging twentieth century music (craft of motivic content and structure, originality, strongly representing an established style, beauty, public acceptance, and accessibility to the cellist) are outlined in PART II and applied to the analysis of the three works in PART III. The value of the works is qualified through their exemplary display of several criteria. The goal of the document is to champion these exceptional but little-known works of three celebrated Canadian composers, and to encourage more exploration of twentieth century works through the application of the criteria.
History; Canadian; Canadian studies; Music