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Freedman, Harry

Freedman, Harry (b Lódź, 1922). Polish-born Canadian composer. Taken to Canada at age of 3 (Can. cit. 1931). Studied to become painter at Winnipeg Sch. of Art 1936–40, but influence of jazz turned his interest to mus. Played ca. in Toronto SO 1946–70. Founder and pres., 1975–8, Canadian League of Composers. Comps. incl. opera Abracadabra (1979); ballet Oiseaux exotiques (1984–5); 3 syms. (1954–60, 1966, 1983, rev. 1985); Concerto for Orchestra (1982); The Sax Chronicles, sax., orch. (1984); A Dance on the Earth, orch. (1988); wind quintet (1962); Blue, str. qt. (1980); Fragments of Alice, sop., alt., bar., chamber orch. (1976); Rhymes from the Nursery, children's ch. (1986).

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