Music Papers: Articles and Talks, 1961-1994
What is music -- where does it come from and what does it mean? If music is in the background, and no one listens to it, does it still exist?
Why do composers write music, and how do they learn their profession?
What about Canadian music -- a regional dialect of this "universal language"? How has it been created inside the country -- how well is it understood abroad?
Music papers are reflections from a life of composing and teaching. These articles, talks and reviews, whether intended originally for general or professional audiences, communicate a passion for music rooted in a North American culture and place, informed by long and loving familiarity with masterpieces from elsewhere.
Also included are alternative versions of the early life of Glenn Gould, proofs of the existence of musical life in Toronto, and some questions still unanswered.