Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth


Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth

Malcolm Forsyth (1936–2011) was a musical legend: a much-loved composer, performer, teacher, and mentor. Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth presents a captivating and approachable portrait of one of Canada’s finest modern composers. Readers will discover both public and private sides to the man and gain fresh insights from critical assessments of a broad range of Forsyth’s compositions, his continuing popular appreciation, and his lasting influence on the next generation of musicians and music scholars. Drawing from the perspectives of leading scholars, composers, and musicians, as well as on those of family, friends, students, and colleagues, Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth honours the rich life and cultural significance of this exceptional creative mind. It is important reading for music students and researchers, professional performers, and anyone who loves contemporary music.

Contributors: Tommy Banks, Allan Gordon Bell, Nora Bumanis, Robin Elliott, Amanda Forsyth, Valerie Forsyth, Allan Gilliland, Carl Hare, Mary I. Ingraham, Edward Jurkowski, Ryan McClelland, John McPherson, Fordyce C. (Duke) Pier, Roxane Prevost, Kathy Primos, Tanya Prochazka, Leonard Ratzlaff, Rayfield Rideout, Robert C. Rival, Julia Shaw, Dale Sorensen, Christopher Taylor

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Contents 6
Figures 10
Acknowledgements | Ingraham & Rival 14
Prelude | Amanda Forsyth 16
Introduction | Ingraham & Rival 18
1 Reflections on a Life and Career | Elliott 24
2 Sonorous Pleasure | Bell 40
3 Remembering and Continuing | McClelland 46
4 Finding Inspiration in Canadian Folk Songs | Prevost 72
5 Breathing in G | Rival 102
6 Allusion and Reflection in Je répondrais… for Solo Piano | Jurkowski 132
7 “Here, All Is a Beginning” | Ingraham 152
8 Interlude: Reminicences 192
Carl Hare 193
Tommy Banks 195
Nora Bumanis & Julia Shaw 197
Allan Gilliland 199
John McPherson 200
Fordyce C. (Duke) Pier 201
Tanya Prozchaka 203
Rayfield Rideout 204
Christopher Taylor 205
9 A Life Experience | Primos 206
10 Splendour in the Brass | Sorensen 220
11 The Choral Music | Ratzlaff 238
Postlude | Valerie Forsyth 254
List of Works 256
Contributors 264
Permissions 270
Index 272
Other Titles from University of Alberta Press 289