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Canadian Orchestral Composers Breaking the Rules

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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
Information about the music of Robert Aitken, Norma Beecroft, Michael Colgrass, R. Murray Schafer, and John Weinzweig.
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Guided Listening #1: 12-Tone: No Resting Place
A guided listening for John Weinzweig's Divertimento No. 6
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Guided Listening #2: An Orchestra or a Zoo?
A guided listening exercise for Robert Aitken's Spiral.
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Guided Listening #3: Improvisation
A guided listening for Norma Beecroft's Improvvisazioni Concertanti No. 2
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Guided Listening #4: Notes Between Notes and Please Use Your Voices
A guided listening for R. Murray Schafer's East
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Guided Listening #5: Overlapping Influences
A guided listening for Michael Colgrass' Delta and John Weinzweig's Divertimento No.6
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Learning Activity #1: 12-Tone
A learning activity based on the 12-tone technique.
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Learning Activity #2: Compose With Your Favourite Techniques and Genres
A learning activity that allows students to compose with their favourite techniques and genres as studied in this learning collection.
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Programme Notes
Information about Robert Aitken's Spiral, Norma Beecroft's Improvvisazioni Concertanti No. 2, Michael Colgrass' Delta, R. Murray Schafer's East, and John Weinzweig's Divertimento No. 6.
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Learning Objectives

Breaking the Rules: Non-Traditional and Extended Techniques is designed for students and educators to meet the following objectives:

• Learn about and experience non-traditional compositional strategies composers use to create new and distinct music.
• Consider the role of “breaking the rules” in music as a way to encourage important questioning of how we hear and of personal taste and interest.
• Make a personal connection with the challenges and enjoyment of non-traditional listening, composing, and performing.

Breaking the Rules: Non-Traditional and Extended Techniques begins with a series of exercises, each of which focuses on a non-traditional technique used by a composer to explore new ways of music making.