Champagne, Claude (Joseph Arthur Adonai)
- Andrée Desautels
(b Montreal, May 27, 1891; d Montreal, Dec 21, 1965). Canadian composer. His work marks the development of a specifically Canadian music, characterized by the influence of French-Canadian folk culture, modality, free forms and the topography of the Canadian landscape. Champagne's paternal grandfather introduced him to folk music and to the violin; this early acquaintance with Canadian fiddle tunes and the rhythms of Canadian square dance music was later to influence several compositions. From his Irish grandmother he inherited his love of legend and the dreamy, poetic side of his nature. During the years ...