The Musicality of Canadian Cinema
This chapter offers a narrative account of music in Canadian cinema that highlights the contributions of its pioneers. Case studies spanning the critically acclaimed, the curious, and the marginalized allow for an effort to flesh out the place of music, particularly popular music, in this national cinema. While the esthetics and dollars-and-cents of music in film may be similar in Canada as elsewhere, the expectations of filmmakers and audiences are perhaps uniquely Canadian as a result of industrial and institutional forces. Animation, the avant-garde, and documentary are particularly vibrant spaces for the innovative use of music and differentiate the history of music in Canadian cinema from other more commercially oriented contexts.
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popular music, Canadian soundtracks, Norman McLaren, Maurice Blackburn, Alain Clavier, electroacoustic composition
Arts and Humanities | Music
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHASS)
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Baker, Michael Brendan, "The Musicality of Canadian Cinema" (2019). Books & Chapters. 14.
Baker, M.B. (2019) The Musicality of Canadian Cinema. in Marchessault, J., & Straw, W. The oxford handbook of Canadian cinema. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.