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date: 17 August 2019

Blomfield Holt, Patricialocked

  • Gaynor G. Jones

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(b Lindsay, Ont., Sept 15, 1910; d June 5, 2003). Canadian composer. She studied with Norman Wilks, Hayunga Carman, Norah De Kresz and Healey Willan at the Toronto Conservatory of Music from 1929 to 1939, later returning to teach there (now the Royal Conservatory) from 1954 to 1984. Her works, which have been performed in North America, Russia and Europe, are tonally conservative and well-crafted. The Suite no.1 for violin and piano was co-winner, for the best Canadian composition, in the second annual Vogt Society competition in 1939. She was best known as a chamber music and vocal composer, but among her few orchestral works is the Legend of the North Woods (1985), an evocation of a lake depicted in Canadian painter J.R. Seauvy’s picture of an unspoilt early Indian scene in the lake country, where the composer had spent many summers.

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