Music Makers: The Lives of Harry Freedman & Mary Morrison

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Dundurn, Feb 18, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages

Music Makers examines and celebrates the extraordinary lives of composer Harry Freedman and his partner, soloist Mary Morrison.

Harry, with roots in jazz and popular music, was a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 25 years. Canada's Composer of the Year in 1979, he has written an enormous repertoire that celebrates Canada and is sung and played around the world.

After a stellar career in Canada as a popular singer and opera diva, Mary became an esteemed exponent of Canadian vocal works. She was a prestigious mentor and teacher of young Canadians now appearing on famous opera stages worldwide. She received the League of Composers' Music Citation in 1968 and won Canada's major award as Opera Educator in 2002.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Crossing an Ocean
13
Winnipeg Triumphs
29
Toronto and Its Conservatory
43
Earning a Living Making a Life
59
Marriage and Family
79
The Decisive Decade
99
Pioneers and Advocates
121
The Challenge of the Mass Media
185
The Performer as Professor
205
The Stream of Music
231
Completing the Circle
255
Celebration
277
Postscript
291
Harry Freedman Selected Discography
295
Bibliography
299

The Artist as Educator
143
The Artist as Activist
163

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About the author (2006)

Walter Pitman has been a member of the House of Commons and the Ontario Legislature, President of Ryerson University, and Director of the Ontario Arts Council. He is a Member of the Order of Ontario, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the author of Louis Applebaum: A Passion for Culture (Dundurn Press, 2002).

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