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By Gail Dixon

Harry Freedman has been a major and revered determine in Canadian track for over part a century, and his productiveness as a composer has been either prodigious and eclectic. Born in Poland in 1922 and raised in Winnipeg, Freedman studied on the Royal Conservatory of song and performed English Horn with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He resigned in 1970 to turn into the orchestra's first composer-in-residence, and has created a few one hundred seventy five works in a wide selection of genres together with symphonies, concertos, string quartets, operas, ballets, movie ratings, well known songs, and jazz pieces.

In The song of Harry Freedman, Gail Dixon investigates Freedman's song so as to illuminating its underlying rules, stylistic improvement, and technique of coherence. consultant works from Freedman's oeuvre were chosen for distinctive research. The chronological presentation of those works allows a transparent realizing of Freedman's compositional type in its dramatic evolution from the tentative serial explorations of his early works to the eclectic stylistic spectrum of his later years. The analytic dialogue is supplemented by way of a great number of musical examples, in addition to compositional sketches and dealing notes, a few within the composer's personal hand. quite a few interviews with Freedman yield extra insights into his technique and point of view. Dixon does a very good carrier to Canadian tradition with this analytic learn of the tune of a celebrated twentieth-century figure.

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Freedman was obviously captivated by the effect, since he used it twice in the first movement and, exceptionally, recalled it at the end of the last movement as well. In general he avoids integrating the movements of a multi-movement work in this way. 1 He makes an obvious exception to his normal practice in Fantasy and Allegro. Example 4-1 shows the opening measures of the first occurrence of this pointillistic material, omitting the supporting chordal pedal point. The order in which the twelve discrete pitches enter is shown in the example.

There is also a three-voice stretto with one voice in augmentation, as shown in example 3-15. Note that the entries are intervallically identical for the first six notes, but deviate from one another thereafter. Example 3-15: Symphony no. 1, Movement IV, Rehearsal 7+1 to 7+4 46 The Music of Harry Freedman Freedman's Symphony no. '19 It will be the task of the next chapter to determine the direction Freedman takes in the years between 1962 and 1969. Chapter Four The Quest for Independence (1962 to 1969) With the successful completion of his monumental Symphony no.

1, Movement II, Rehearsal 8 to Rehearsal 10 The third movement is in ternary form (A B A1). Freedman adheres to the classical ternary model in that the material of the middle section is virtually unrelated to that of the outer sections of the form. 3, respectively) all feature an identical rhythm of steady eighth notes in 8/8 metre, asymmetrically divided into 3+3+2 eighth notes. Initially the three thematic ideas are distinguished by their intervallic structures, though as the section develops the intervallic distinctions among them begin to blur.

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