Her compositions, some of them commissioned and 17 recorded, are performed all over the world and have been featured on many radio programs, particularly by the CBC. They include "News" (1970), her reaction to violence as reported in the media; "Disasters of the Sun" (1976, text by Dorothy LIVESAY), expressing her fight against male domination; Music of Now, a series of 3 books that introduced young pianists to the modern sounds; and her best-known composition, Studies in Line (1941), a set of 4 piano pieces that reflect different kinds of linear motion. Pentland was named to the Order of Canada in 1989 with the rank of Officer.
Author TIMOTHY J. MCGEE
Links to Other Sites
This website honours exemplary women who have contributed to Canada’s cultural scene. Part of the "Celebrating Women's Achievements" series from Library and Archives Canada. Includes a sound clip of her music.
An extensive collection of audio clips from recordings featuring the National Arts Centre Orchestra performing works by noteworthy Canadian and international composers. Click on a composer's name on the right side menu to access specific works. See also composer biographies and the interactive timeline of historical milestones in classical music. From artsalive.ca and the Virtual Museum of Canada.