- Elaine Keillor
(b Vancouver, Feb 10, 1908; d Vancouver, March 9, 2000). Canadian composer. Her earliest composition lessons were with her mother, an outstanding pianist and teacher, who enabled her to absorb the music of Debussy and Ravel at an early age. From 1928 to 1930 she studied in London at the RCM where her teachers included Vaughan Williams. She embarked on further studies during the 1930s and 40s with Copland, Milhaud, Schoenberg, and Bartók, but it was Bernard Wagenaar in New York who guided her to find a unique voice. In 1965 she returned to London to study orchestral scoring with Gordon Jacob. These diverse influences developed into a personal style characterized by the assertion of tonality through strong key centres, the use of colouristic harmonies, robust rhythms, and cyclic formal structures. From 1947 to 1973 she taught composition at the University of British Columbia. Coulthard’s works feature a wide variety of compositional materials and techniques, including bitonal and quartal harmonies, modal and octatonic scales, serialism, tone clusters, and other extended sound devices. The String Quartet no.2 (...