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Song of a nation : the untold story of Canada's national anthem

Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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He was a composer, a performer, an entrepreneur, and an educator; played pop and classical music; and appeared in his quasi-colonial society, tragically, just ahead of his time. Calixa Lavallée, the French Canadian composer of "O Canada," has a compelling, almost unbelievable personal story. He left home at 12 and worked as a blackface minstrel, travelling throughout the United States for more than a decade; he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Harris, Robert, 1948-, author.
Song of a nation.
Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2018.
(CaOONL)20189005785
(OCoLC)1035256410
Named Person: Calixa Lavallée; Calixa Lavallée
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Harris
ISBN: 9780771050923 0771050925
OCLC Number: 1055271068
Description: x, 212 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Robert Harris.

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He was a composer, a performer, an entrepreneur, and an educator; played pop and classical music; and appeared in his quasi-colonial society, tragically, just ahead of his time. Calixa Lavallée, the French Canadian composer of "O Canada," has a compelling, almost unbelievable personal story. He left home at 12 and worked as a blackface minstrel, travelling throughout the United States for more than a decade; he fought and was injured in the American Civil War in perhaps the most important battle of that war, at Antietam Creek; performed for President Lincoln several times; produced the first opera in Quebec and wrote two of his own; became a leading figure in American music education, representing American music in London; journeyed to Paris to study for two years; tried and failed to create a Quebec national conservatory. And he wrote our national anthem. But Lavallée also represents all the contradictions and confusions of Canadian identity as our country came together in the last half of the nineteenth century. To understand "O Canada," and to understand the man who wrote it, is to return to the Canada of the mid-nineteenth century, a Canada just forming as a nation, bringing together ancient racial hatreds and novel political possibilities, as culture faced culture, religion faced religion, economy faced economy. Calixa Lavallée is the most famous Canadian you have never heard of, living a life and ultimately composing a song that stands the test of time [Publisher description]

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