Composers from 20 countries participated, among them Henk Badings (Holland), Karl-Birger Blomdahl (Sweden), Klaus Egge (Norway), Iain Hamilton (Scotland), Roy Harris (USA), Vagn Holmboe (Denmark), Ernst Krenek (USA), Otto Luening (USA), Elizabeth Maconchy (England), Zygmunt Mycielski (Poland), Hermann Reutter (Germany), Gunther Schuller (USA), Josef Tal (Israel), and Edgard Varèse (USA). Canadian participants included Adaskin, Anhalt, Applebaum, Archer, Beckwith, Champagne, Charpentier, Dolin, Duchow, Eckhardt-Gramatté, Fleming, Freedman, Joachim, Kasemets, Kenins, Morawetz, Papineau-Couture, Peacock, Rathburn, Somers, Twa, and Weinzweig. Canadians whose works were performed at the five concerts were Anhalt, Freedman, Joachim, Papineau-Couture, Ridout and Weinzweig.
The tenor panels at the conference discussed composers' concerns: serialism, electronic music, form, composer-training, aesthetics, sociology, and composer-performer-audience relations. Papers were given by Luciano Berio (Italy), Henri Dutilleux (France), Luigi Nono (Italy), George Rochberg (USA), and Vladimir Ussachevsky (USA), and by the San Francisco critic Alfred Frankenstein. The book The Modern Composer and His World (Toronto 1961, reprinted 1978), edited by John Beckwith and Udo Kasemets, gives an account of the proceedings and excerpts from the discussions.
Author Clifford Ford
Duchow, Marvin. 'International Conference of Composers at Stratford,' CMJ, vol 5, Autumn 1960
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