On frequent conducting tours abroad, Brott was an enthusiastic champion of the music of Canadian composers. His own output as composer for a variety of instrumental and vocal media is large with more than 100 compositions. A skilful craftsman with a sure mastery of form, he used counterpoint as his primary construction technique. Much of Brott's music is distinguished by good humour, elegant wit and satire. He received many awards for his compositions and was honoured with three doctorates (Chicago, Montréal, Queen's) among other distinctions. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1979, Chevalier de l'Ordre nationale du Québec in 1987, a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 1988 and received the Association of Canadian Orchestras Award in 1990, the Canada 125 Medal, and the Queen's Jubilee Medal.
Author BARCLAY MCMILLAN Revised: ELAINE KEILLOR
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Canadian Music Centre
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The McGill Chamber Orchestra
The McGill Chamber Orchestra is one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras. It was founded by Artistic Director Alexander Brott and his late wife, Lotte Brott.
Alexander Brott: 75 Years of Music in Montreal
A review of the autobiography "Alexander Brott: My Lives in Music." From "La Scena Musicale."
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