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Weinzweig, John
Divertimento No. 1 for Flute and StringsComposer: Weinzweig, John
Performance date: July 22, 2003

Date composed: 1945


This is the first of twelve divertimentos the “Dean of Canadian Composers,” John Weinzweig, composed across a span of more than half a century. This one juxtaposes the bright, cheery sonority of the flute against a body of strings in a wide range of moods and textures.
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Divertimento No. 6Composer: Weinzweig, John
Performance date: January 04, 1997

Date composed: 1972


“A multi-section structure of solo saxophone events colored by jazz inflections” was how the composer described his Divertimento No. 6, composed for solo saxophone and strings. In it, he incorporates many kinds of notation for the soloist: vibrato, gradual accelerando and ritardando, rapid repetition of the same note, chromatic murmurs, smorzato (fluctuations in volume produced by the jaw), key clicking (without tone), flutter tongue, slap tongue, and quarter tones. All in all, quite a fascinating work.


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DummiyahComposer: Weinzweig, John
Performance date: July 22, 2003

Date composed: 1969


Can silence be portrayed in sound? That is the challenge in Dummiyah, the Hebrew word for silence. To Weinzweig, silence was the only possible response to the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis in the death camps. In this ultra-quiet work, he attempts to deal with this issue using timbre and tone color rather than themes and harmony.


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Red Ear of Corn SuiteComposer: Weinzweig, John
Performance date: July 24, 1970

Date composed: 1949


The ballet score The Red Ear of Corn incorporates a blend of Iroquois music, French-Canadian folk song and fiddle music. The ballet’s scenario tells the story of why red cobs of corn can occasionally be found in the yellow corn fields of Quebec. The Suite comprises three dances from the complete ballet.


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