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R. Murray Schafer

(b. 1933)


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(b Sarnia, Ontario, 1933).

Canadian composer, teacher, and writer. Went to Vienna 1956, then worked in Eng. Returned to Canada 1962 founding ‘10 Centuries Concerts’. Composer‐in‐residence Simon Fraser Univ., Vancouver, 1965–75, founding EMS. Works incl. Loving/Toi, music th. (1963–6); series of multimedia th. pieces entitled Patria, consisting of: Prologue, The Princess of the Stars (1981), 1. Wolfman (orig. The Characteristics Man) (1974), 2. Requiems for the Party Girl (1972), 3. The Greatest Show (1987), 4. The Black Theatre of Hermes (1989), 5. The Crown of Ariadne (1992), 6. RA (1983), 7. Asterion (? in progress), 8. The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix (2000), 9. The Enchanted Forest (1993), 10. The Spirit Garden (1996); also Gita, ch., 8 brass tape (1967); Son of Heldenleben, orch. tape (1968); Music for the Morning of the World, mez., 4‐track tape (1970); str. qts. No.1 (1970), No.2 (Waves) (1976), No.3 (1989), No.4 (1989), No.5 (1989), No.6 (1993), No.7 (1998), No.8 (2001); Enchantress, mez., fl., 8 vc. (1971 rev. 1972); Arcana, v., ens. (1972); East, chamber orch. (1972); North White, orch. (1973); Adieu Robert Schumann, alto, orch. (1976); Hymn to Night, sop., orch. (1976); Cortège, orch. (1977); Apocalypsis, music th. (1976–7); fl. conc. (1985); Minnelieder, mez., orch. (1986); hp. conc. (1987); gui. conc., chamber orch. (1989); Gitanjali, sop., orch. (1991); Tristan and Iseult, 6 vv. (1992); The Falcon's Trumpet, tpt., sop., orch. (1995); va. conc. (1997); Imagining Incense, unacc. ch. (2001); Thunder: Perfect Mind, mez., orch. (2003). Books and articles incl. Ezra Pound and Music (1977) and British Composers in Interview (1963).

1. Wolfman (orig. The Characteristics Man) (1974), 2. Requiems for the Party Girl (1972), 3. The Greatest Show (1987), 4. The Black Theatre of Hermes (1989), 5. The Crown of Ariadne (1992), 6. RA (1983), 7. Asterion (? in progress), 8. The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix (2000), 9. The Enchanted Forest (1993), 10. The Spirit Garden (1996); also Gita, ch., 8 brass tape (1967); Son of Heldenleben, orch. tape (1968); Music for the Morning of the World, mez., 4‐track tape (1970); str. qts. No.1 (1970), No.2 (Waves) (1976), No.3 (1989), No.4 (1989), No.5 (1989), No.6 (1993), No.7 (1998), No.8 (2001); Enchantress, mez., fl., 8 vc. (1971 rev. 1972); Arcana, v., ens. (1972); East, chamber orch. (1972); North White, orch. (1973); Adieu Robert Schumann, alto, orch. (1976); Hymn to Night, sop., orch. (1976); Cortège, orch. (1977); Apocalypsis, music th. (1976–7); fl. conc. (1985); Minnelieder, mez., orch. (1986); hp. conc. (1987); gui. conc., chamber orch. (1989); Gitanjali, sop., orch. (1991); Tristan and Iseult, 6 vv. (1992); The Falcon's Trumpet, tpt., sop., orch. (1995); va. conc. (1997); Imagining Incense, unacc. ch. (2001); Thunder: Perfect Mind, mez., orch. (2003). Books and articles incl. Ezra Pound and Music (1977) and British Composers in Interview (1963).

Subjects: Music.


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