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Leslie Mann: Biography

Leslie Mann
1923 - 1977
Region: Prairie

Leslie Mann

LESLIE MANN, composer, clarinetist, was born in Edmonton, August 13, 1923 and died in Balmoral, Manitoba, December 7, 1977. Though he took lessons in clarinet at 13 and in composition at 15, he was largely self-taught. He became principal clarinet of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Winnipeg Orchestra in 1958 and of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1960. He led the Winnipeg Woodwind Quintette and was a member (1956-66) of the Dirk Keetbass Players. Leaving the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1971 he devoted increasing time to composition and received a number of CBC commissions."

"Mann's early style is similar to that of English music at the turn of the century (Vaughan Williams and Holst, for example). Elegy for Strings (1951) is tonal, with some chromatic alteration. However, his cantata My Master Hath A Garden (1963) uses dissonant tonality and his Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1970) and Orchestral Suite from The Donkey's Tale (1971) use chromatic polytonal material, which becomes dissonant to the point of atonality."

"The works he wrote after 1970 show an individual and undoctrinated mind, a grasp of form, and a predilection for counterpoint. His music thus shows a nearer relationship to Alan Hovhaness, Robert Simpson, Samuel Barber, and, in an earlier generation, Sibelius than to the descendants of Schoenberg and Webern."

1 Encyclopedia of Music in Canada; Edited by Helmut Kallman, Gilles Potvin, Kenneth Winters; Published by University of Toronto Press, 1981. p. 591.
2 Contemporary Canadian Composers; Edited by Keith MacMillan, John Beckwith; Published by Oxford University Press, 1975. pp. 140-41.
3 Encyclopedia of Music in Canada; Edited by Helmut Kallman, Gilles Potvin, Kenneth Winters; Published by University of Toronto Press, 1981. p. 591.

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