Sounds of north / Sons du nord
two centuries of Canadian piano music / deux siècles de musique canadienne pour piano

Composition Date: 2012
Duration: 04:57:00


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
Programme Note:
European-based musical genres have been created in Canada for over three hundred years. Gradually Canadian composers have developed a sense of place in their musical creations.

Canadian pianist Elaine Keillor takes the listener on a unique journey through compositions written between 1807 and 2010.
The piano pieces presented on these four CDs show how composers moved beyond just giving a Canadian-influenced title to their composition. In different ways they allowed the space of their Canadian region to seep into their approach to organizing sounds and wrestled with the great myth of Canada as North.

“Thank goodness there is someone like Keillor[…] a devoted contributor to the storehouse assembled by the Canadian Musical Heritage Society, champion of women composers, the musical traditions of First Nations and of new music.
Keillor has an unaffected, elegant playing style that neatly lays out the many, many different styles and atmospheres she has chosen to represent […] It is a harmonically satisfying, atmospheric journey that leads us into a lush thicket of sound, but ends in a sort of question, an ambiguity that suggests many more questions than answers about the image music is meant to represent.’’ - John Terauds, Musical Toronto

“Elaine Keillor shines in this four-CD collection of works by Canadian composers […] Each disc features works from a specific time frame with many of the works drawing on Canadian landscapes and their traditions for their artistic motivation […] This is a monumental project. The sheer number of works is astounding […] Musically the pianist is able to convey each composer’s sensibilities.’’ - Tiina Kiik, WholeNote


  • Call Number:
  • CD 1614
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 7, 2013
  • Type:
  • Sound recording, commercial
  • Physical Description:
  • 4 compact discs ;
    Height: 12 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Disc 1: From 1807 to Ragtime

    1. General Craig's March by F. Glackemeyer
    2. Canadian Dance by George Pfeiffer
    3. Waltz for the Literary Garland by W.H. Warren
    4. The Burlington Galop by J. P. Clarke
    5. Favourite Toronto Air by J. P. Clarke
    6. The Monklands Polka by J.-C. Brauneis, Jr.
    7. Mazurka caprice by C.W. Sabatier
    8. The Newfoundland Camp Gallopade by H. C. Tillmann
    9. Scherzo by Romain-Octave Pelletier
    10. Scintillation by Paul Damis
    11. La Comète by Gustave Smith
    12. Air Savoyard by Gustave Smith
    13. Royal Canadian Lancers by W. B. Bayley
    14. Shake Again Galop by C. Lavallée
    15. Mouvement à la Pavane by Calixa Lavallée
    16. Chant de voyageur by Susie F. Harrison
    17. Joy and Grief by George W. Strathy
    18. Modulation Sketch by George W. Strathy
    19. The Aberdeen Waltzes by F. J. H. Moore
    20. Happy Moments Gavotte by C. A. E. Harris
    21. Marriage Bells by C. A. E. Harris
    22. Cave of the Winds by R. Nathaniel Dett
    23. Raggity Rag by J. -B. Lafrenière
    24. The Imperial Native March by J. Nelson
    25. Chantecler March & Two Step by Jeanne Delmar
    26. Some Rag by Willie Eckstein
    27. The "Ottawa" Rag by George E. Lynn

    Disc 2: Developments to the End of WWI

    1. Yvonne by Alexis Contant
    2. Wiegenlied by W. O. Forsyth
    3. Evening Song by W. O. Forsyth
    4. Confession by W. O. Forsyth
    5. In the Vale of Shadowland by W. O. Forsyth
    6. Prelude by W. O. Forsyth
    7. Deux Mazurkas: Makurka No. 1 by Clarence Lucas
    8. Deux Mazurkas: Makurka No. 2 by Clarence Lucas
    9. Praeludium con Fuga: Praeludium by Clarence Lucas
    10. Praeludium con Fuga: Fuga by Clarence Lucas
    11. Valse Impromptu by Clarence Lucas
    12. Valse lente by Clarence Lucas
    13. Lullalo, An Irish Lullaby by W. C. Barron
    14. Conversazione Gavotte by J. Vézina
    15. Mazurka Sentimentale by Arthur Letondal
    16. Fête des roses by A. W. Hughes
    17. To Daffodils by Edmund Hardy
    18. Deux Pièces de genre: 1. Chanson d'été by Henri Gagnon
    19. Deux Pièces de genre: 2. "Badinage" by Henri Gagnon
    20. Sérénade by Léo Roy
    21. Chevauchée by Rodolphe Mathieu
    22. A l'Aurore by Emiliano Renaud
    23. Souvenir by Emiliano Renaud
    24. Valse triste by Alberto Guerrero
    25. Prélude et Filigrane: Prélude by Claude Champagne
    26. Prélude et Filigrane: Filigrane by Claude Champagne
    27. Gavotte pompadour by Georges-Emile Tanguay

    Disc 3 - New Sounds to the End of WWII

    1. Trois Pièces brèves: I. Hommage à Couperin by Georges-Emile Tanguay
    2. Trois Pièces brèves: II. Apaisement by Georges-Emile Tanguay
    3. Trois Pièces brèves: III. Danseuses devant Aphrodite by Georges-Emile Tanguay
    4. Trois Préludes: I by George M. Brewer
    5. Trois Préludes: II by George M. Brewer
    6. Trois Préludes: III by George M. Brewer
    7. Suite canadienne: I. Rigaudon by Léo-Pol Morin
    8. Suite canadienne: II. Chanson by Léo-Pol Morin
    9. Suite canadienne: III. Gigue (Le vieux) by Léo-Pol Morin
    10. Lydia by Henri Miro
    11. Scènes mauresques by Henri Miro
    12. Suite for Piano: I. In wistful mood by Leo Smith
    13. Suite for Piano: II. Modulation 1 into II by Leo Smith
    14. Suite for Piano: III. Modulation 2 into III by Leo Smith
    15. Suite for Piano: IV. Modulation 3 into IV by Leo Smith
    16. The Concertina by Leo Smith
    17. Sonatina: I. Lyrically and freely by Robert Fleming
    18. Sonatina: II. Quickly and with spirit by Robert Fleming
    19. Sonatina No. 1: I. Allegretto semplice by Violet Archer
    20. Sonatina No. 1: II. Lento pensieroso by Violet Archer
    21. Sonatina No. 1: III. Tempo di valse by Violet Archer
    22. Sonatina No. 1: IV. Allegretto Capriccioso by Violet Archer
    23. Two Pieces: I by Glenn Gould
    24. Two Pieces: II by Glenn Gould
    25. Scherzino by Oskar Morawetz

    Disc 4 - Canada's Space in Sound

    1. A Northern Legend: I. Tundra by Louis Applebaum
    2. A Northern Legend: II. Rocks by Louis Applebaum
    3. A Northern Legend: III. Huskies by Louis Applebaum
    4. A Northern Legend: IV. Midnight Sun by Louis Applebaum
    5. Aegean Sketches: The Valley of the Butterflies by Jean Coulthard
    6. Aegean Sketches: Wine Dark Sea by Jean Coulthard
    7. Aegean Sketches: Legend of the Palace of Knossos by Jean Coulthard
    8. Aquarelles: 1. Fantaisie by Alain Gagnon
    9. Aquarelles: 2. Rêverie by Alain Gagnon
    10. Aquarelles: 3. Caprice by Alain Gagnon
    11. Aquarelles: 4. Toccatine by Alain Gagnon
    12. Aquarelles: 5. Cortège by Alain Gagnon
    13. Aquarelles: 6. Burlesque by Alain Gagnon
    14. Aquarelles: 7. Dance by Alain Gagnon
    15. Cave Pools by James McDonald Gayfer
    16. Etude et fantaisie by Rhené Jaque
    17. Intermezzo III: Grave by Bengt Hambraeus
    18. Intermezzo by Rachel Laurin
    19. Schoenberg versus Gershwin by Eldon Rathburn
    20. Silver and Shadow by Patrick Cardy
    21. March, March!: 1. Distant Bugle, I by John Beckwith
    22. March, March!: 2. Single File by John Beckwith
    23. March, March!: 3. Distant Bugle, II by John Beckwith
    24. March, March!: 4. Unfinished Rag by John Beckwith
    25. The Jack Pine by Jocelyn Morlock

    Additional People:
    Robert Fleming
    Violet Archer
    Alain Gagnon
    James M. Gayfer
    Jean Coulthard
    Bengt Hambraeus
    Louis Applebaum
    Claude Champagne
    Patrick Cardy
    Rodolphe Mathieu
    John Beckwith
    Oskar Morawetz
    Calixa Lavallée
    Eldon Rathburn
    Leo Smith
    Georges-Émile Tanguay
    Glenn Gould
    Joseph Vézina
    Clarence Lucas
    Elaine Keillor
    Rachel Laurin
    Arthur Wellesley Hughes
    Rhené Jaque
    Jocelyn Morlock
    Wesley Octavius Forsyth
Request a Repertoire Consultation
Suggest Modification for this Record

Available For:

  • Reference