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date: 17 August 2019

Pentland, Barbara (Lally)locked

  • Sheila Eastman Loosley
  • , revised by Robin Elliott
  •  and Gaynor G. Jones



(b Winnipeg, Jan 2, 1912; d Vancouver, Feb 5, 2000). Canadian composer. She began composing at the age of nine, shortly after her first piano lessons, persisting in her pursuit of music despite poor health and parental opposition. Winnipeg provided a flourishing, if limited, musical environment in the 1920s, and it was the piano sonata writing of Beethoven that Pentland emulated during this period. While attending a private boarding school in Montreal (1927–9) she studied the piano and theory with an English organist, Frederick H. Blair, who encouraged her to continue music studies. She proceeded to Paris in 1929 and became a composition pupil of Cécile Gauthiez. Gauthiez’s teaching was in the Franckian tradition, and the characteristic thick textures and chromatic harmonies remained in Pentland’s music until the late 1930s, as is evident in the Five Piano Preludes (1938), the Rhapsody for piano (...

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