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John P.L. Roberts, the CBC/Radio Canada, and Art Music

Editor(s): Friedemann Sallis, Regina Landwehr

Book Description

This book examines the impact of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio Canada (CBC/SRC) on the development of art music in Canada during the broadcaster’s first fifty years (1936-1986). In so doing, it investigates the achievement of one man: John Peter Lee Roberts. Born in Australia, he arrived in Canada in 1955, and, over the next thirty years, he worked tirelessly as a producer, administrator and adviser at the state broadcaster to bring the music of Canada to the world and the world of music to Canadians. Roberts also played a crucially important role in commissioning, disseminating and promoting new music by Canadian composers.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-5595-2
ISBN-10: 1-5275-5595-X
Date of Publication: 01/10/2020
Pages / Size: 370 / A5
Price: £64.99


Regina Landwehr is a senior archivist in Archives and Special Collections at the University of Calgary, Canada, and holds a Master’s in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada. In her current position, she is responsible for the acquisition and preservation of, and access to, private archives relating to Canadian literature and the arts, including the John P.L. Roberts fonds, as well as archives concerning the stewardship of the environment. She also teaches archival research methods to university students. She is the recipient of a Faculty Research Fellowship grant from the Killam Trust for a study of the recovery following the Cologne City Archives collapse, and, with Friedemann Sallis, she received a research grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Friedemann Sallis is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. He obtained his PhD in Musicology under the direction of the late Professor Carl Dahlhaus. His publications include numerous books, most recently Live Electronic Music: Composition, Performance, Study (2018) and Music Sketches (2015), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of twentieth-century topics. He has received fellowship grants from the Paul Sacher Foundation and six research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.