Mann, Leslie (Douglas)

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Mann, Leslie (Douglas)

Mann, Leslie (Douglas), Canadian composer and clarinetist; b. Edmonton, Alberta, Aug. 13, 1923; d. Balmoral, Manitoba, Dec. 7, 1977. He began to study clarinet at 13 and composition at 15. He was first clarinetist of the CBC Winnipeg Orch. (1958) and of the Winnipeg Sym. Orch. (1960–71). His music followed along traditional lines in an accessible manner.

Works

chamber opera: The Donkey’s Tale (1971). orch.:Concertino in the Old Style for Strings (1955); Flute Concerto (1964); Clarinet Concerto (1970); Sinfonia concertante for Bassoon and Chamber Orch. (1971); Concerto grosso No. 1 for Chamber Orch. (1972); Meditations on a Chorale for Strings (1972); 3 syms. (1973; 1974; Typhoon, 1976). chamber:5 Bagatelles for Clarinet or Viola and Piano (1951); Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Cello (1952); Cello Sonata (1953); 5 Improvisations for Flute and Piano (1954); Toccata alla Barocco for Flute, Clarinet, and Cello (1956); Wind Quintet (1961); Clarinet Sonata (1962); Suite for Clarinet (1963); Suite for Flute (1963); Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1967); 4 Studies in the Blues Idiom for Wind Quintet (1969); Music for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano (1971); Partita for Violin and Bassoon (1972); Sonata for Solo Violin (1974); Vocalise for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano (1974); String Quartet (1975); Suite for Saxophone (1976); Flute Sonata (1977). vocal:My Master Have a Garden, cantata for Soprano and Orch. (1963); Weep You No More Sad Fountains for Voice and Chamber Orch., after Elizabethan poems (1974).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire