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R. Murray Schafer (1987)

First Glenn Gould Prize Laureate


Photo by John Reeves

R. Murray Schafer (born Sarnia, Ontario, 1933) has won national and international acclaim not only for his achievement as a composer, but also as an educator, environmentalist, literary scholar, journalist, visual artist, and provocateur. He has written more than 70 compositions, ranging from orchestral and vocal pieces to musical theatre and multimedia rituals. In his music and in his writings he repeatedly challenges and transcends orthodox approaches to the relationships among music, performer, audience and setting. He has expanded the potential and appreciation of music and its place in the arts and culture of our time.

First Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Robert Aitken (Canada)
Dr. Narayana Menon (India)
Sir Yehudi Menuhin (United Kingdom)
Bruno Monsaingeon (France)
Gilles Potvin (Canada)
John Peter Lee Roberts (Canada)
Ghennadi Rozhdestvensky (USSR)
Dr. Wilfried Scheib (Austria)
Maureen Forrester, Chair of the Jury (Canada)

First Glenn Gould Prize Gala

The Glenn Gould Prize Celebration Dinner was held November 20, 1987 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto.

The program for the evening:

Welcoming Remarks
Patrick Watson

Le Cri de Merlin by R. Murray Schafer
Norbert Kraft

Some impressions of Glenn...

The Glenn Gould Prize
John Peter Lee Roberts, President
Glenn Gould Memorial Foundation

A Salute to R. Murray Schafer
Sir Yehudi Menuhin

Presentation of The Glenn Gould Prize for 1987
Her Excellency Jeanne Sauve, Governor General of Canada
and John Peter Lee Roberts

Closing Remarks
Patrick Watson