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Jocelyn Morlock

By Frank J. Oteri Like many of the so-called “Holy Minimalist” composers of Europe (e.g. Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, John Tavener, Henryk Górecki, and her former teacher, the late Nikolai Korndorf), Jocelyn Morlock conjures the vastness of eternity through hauntingly +

A Compendium of Ideas About Form in Music

by Jocelyn Morlock For many composers, formal development is the most challenging aspect of writing music. The explosion of musical languages in the last 100 years or so has led to an astounding diversity of formal processes and structures. I +

Schubert’s Winter Journey

by Jocelyn Morlock One of the first pieces of classical music that I got to know, long before I knew I would be a composer, was Schubert’s Der Leiermann (The Organ Grinder) from Winterreise, sung in German by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. +

Ana Sokolovic: Made in Canada (sort of)

by Aaron Gervais This is a dangerous way to open, but I’m going to go out and say it: there is something very Canadian about the music of Ana Sokolovic. (Yes, I know she’s originally from Serbia.) By that I +

Kaija Saariaho’s Lohn – an appreciation

by Jocelyn Morlock I first encountered the luminous music of Kaija Saariaho as a student in the late 1990s. Having come to composition from a background as a pianist, (and being decidedly underwhelmed by integral serialism) I was fascinated by +

Listening to our city

by David Pay What are the sounds, the sights, the tastes and smells that make Vancouver Vancouver? As the city enters its 125th year, I’ve been reflecting especially on the music that makes Vancouver tick. Terminal City Soundscape doesn’t set +

Don’t get too comfortable

by David Pay At a time in our history when the all-encompassing individual pursuit of private riches has delivered society to the brink of economic ruin, the music and ideas of Louis Andriessen offer a profound alternative to limitless capitalism. +
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