. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Murray Adaskin – Serenade Concertante – Toronto Symphony, Sir Ernest MacMillan, conductor – 1954 – CBC Transcription Service.
Heading across the border to Canada this week for a sampling of music from mid-20th century Canadian Composers, by way of The Canadian Composers League and one of a series of broadcasts by the CBC to honor their annual get-together in 1954.
Murray Adaskin (1906-2002) was a composer/violinist who was with the Toronto Symphony from 1923-1936 before forming The Royal York Hotel Trio which was together from 1938-1952. From 1952 to 1966 he was head of the Music Department at the University of Saskatchewan. A pupil of Darius Milhaud and an avid supporter and campaigner for the cause of Canadian Music awareness, Adaskin was also one of the founding members of the Canadian Composers League. In addition, Adaskin came from a large musical family.
Very much in the vein of the Rochester school of lush and pastoral soundscapes, Adaskin is one of those composers who could certainly benefit from a bit more exposure, as he appears to have a rather large catalog of works, many of which haven’t been heard in a very long time. If his other compositions are on the par with this one, I would say it’s time for a rediscovery.
Have a listen to this 1954 composition and see what you think.