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Canadian Orchestral Composers Power of the Voice

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National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

Early Canadian Orchestral Music
An introduction to the history of Canadian orchestral music.
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The Composers and their Music
An introduction to selections by composers Bouchard, Schafer, Mather, Somers and Vivier.
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Guided Listening #1: Song Without Words
A guided listening activity for Au Chateau de Pompairain by Bruce Mather
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Guided Listening #2: Signature Motives
A guided listening activity for Adieu Robert Schumann by R. Murray Schafer.
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Guided Listening #3: Invented Language
A guided listening activity for Lonely Child by Claude Vivier
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Guided Listening #4: Four Voices
A guided listening exercise to identify the different voice types used in works by composers Harry Somers, Linda Bouchard, Claude Vivier and Bruce Mather.
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Learning Activity #1: The Power of Text
A learning activity exploring the role of text in music written for orchestra and voice.
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Learning Activity #2: Culminating Task
A culminating learning activity based on all the compositions featured in the learning collection Power of the Voice.
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Programme Notes
Information about Bouchard's Songs for an Acrobat, Schafer's Adieu Robert Schumann, Mather's Au Ch√Ęteau de Pompairain, Harry Somers' Five Songs for Dark Voice and Claude Vivier's Lonely Child.
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Learning Objectives

Power of the Voice is designed for students and educators to meet the following objectives:

* Learn about the strategies composers use when writing for the human voice.
* Explore the role of text in orchestral music.
* Hear the difference between voice types.
* Create a composition for voice that reflects an understanding of the strategies and techniques used by one or more of the composers featured in the collection.