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Arthur Kaptainis: Excellent biography of composer Claude Vivier is long overdue

Arthur Kaptainis: Excellent biography of composer Claude Vivier is long overdue

January 5, 2015
National

"Most Famous Canadian Composer is not a hotly contested title. R. Murray Schafer and Gilles Tremblay were once the most likely candidates, one from each of the solitudes.

Now the multilateral champ — francophone, anglophone, living or dead — is surely Claude Vivier. He is revered in Quebec, respected in the rest of Canada and (this is the acid test) performed and written about abroad. It is indeed from abroad that we accept delivery of a biography, by a British musicologist, Bob Gilmore, as published in the United States by the University of Rochester Press..."

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