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date: 25 August 2019

Raum [née Hodges], Elizabethlocked

  • Elaine Keillor

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(b Berlin, NH, Jan 13, 1945). Canadian composer and oboist of American origin. She graduated from the Eastman School in 1966 with a degree in oboe performance. During the period 1968 to 1975 she was the principal oboist of the Atlantic SO, Halifax, Nova Scotia and beginning in 1975 held a similar position in the Regina SO. In 1984 she received the MM in composition from the University of Regina with her opera The Garden of Alice (1983) whose production in 1985 quickly established her as a major composer.

Raum’s music is neo-romantic in style and has been described as well-crafted, sophisticated and expressive. Her lyrical expressiveness and sophisticated command of idiomatic writing – particularly for string and wind instruments – have resulted in a continuing flow of commissions. Tuba players throughout the world are relishing her growing list of compositions for their instrument. Although much of her music is written for traditional ensembles, her output includes a number of works, including multimedia compositions and film scores, that use experimental effects. Having a strong programmatic sensibility, she is able in her multimedia music to appropriately complement and subtly increase the impact of the images concerned. Notable among her stage works is the ballet, ...

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