The Spirit of the Age: Composers Responding to Historical Influences

© Kenn Taylor

Introduction

The Spirit of the Age: Composers Responding to Historical Influences explores some important questions in relation to Canadian composers and their place in the twentieth century. The composers featured here lived through and were affected by momentous times. In their music we find the influence of the Holocaust, post-World War II Communist oppression, the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and the Kennedys, civil rights protests, the rise of Black Power, the suppression of Czechoslovakian democracy, anti-homophobia, global pollution issues and more.

The Spirit of the Age: Composers Responding to Historical Influences begins with a series of listening exercises, each of which focuses on a strategy used by a composer to introduce the real world into the world of music. Make a Composer Strategy Chart of these techniques, and others, as you explore this theme.

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