Louis Applebaum: A Passion for Culture

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Dundurn, Oct 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

Canadian composer Louis Applebaum devoted his life to the cultural awakening of his native land, and this "magnificent obsession" drove him to become a founder of the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre. He was an instrumental figure in the early development of the National Film Board, the Stratford Festival, and the National Art Centre in Ottawa. For nearly half a century he composed music for the Stratford Festival, television, radio, and films. This illustrated biography explores the man who was beloved by his fellow artists and the icon to whom every Canadian, knowingly or not, is indebted.

 

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Contents

The Crucial Years
12
Moulding a Musician
22
The Seductive Screen
34
An American Interlude
54
Returning Home
74
The Stratford Miracle
98
Return to Stratford
116
On the Road with Gilbert and Sullivan
134
The Composers Champion
216
A Troubled Arts Council
236
Cultural Czar
258
A Cultural Policy for a Nation
284
The Report Achievement and Disappointment
304
Aftermath and Renewal
328
I want to be remembered as a composer
354
The Sage
384

Television Beckons
152
The Making of a Culture
170
A Performing Arts Centre for a Nation
184
A Venture Into the Market
200
Notes
404
Index
500
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Walter Pitman has been a member of the House of Commons and the Ontario Legislature, as well as President of Ryerson University and Director of the Ontario Arts Council. His public service has earned him honourary degrees from McGill, York, Brock, and Trent Universities, as well as Trinity College.

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