(Alexander Brott - familiar name in Canada but not here) [media id=17774] [gordon-donate] (Thanks for your help. It keeps posts like this alive)
August 8, 2010

(Alexander Brott - familiar name in Canada but not here)

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It's gratifying to know the U.S. wasn't the only country caught up in the Nationalistic Music fervor of the 1930's and 40's, or what I call " . . And The Soil Was Good" music. Seemingly every composer remotely affiliated with Eastman-Rochester or the WPA was cranking out some ode to Paul Bunyan or Winter in New England or a horse-drawn carriage. It seems to have been the same in Canada as well.

Alexander Brott is a well known name in Canadian music circles. As a composer, but also conductor, Brott was Music Director of the CBC Montreal Symphony for a number of years and it's with this orchestra he performed (and recorded) his Sea to Sea, a Canadian Symphonic Suite, It's written in 5 movements: Martimes, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and British Columbia. It received it's premier on November 26, 1947 and this recording was issued on a 78 rpm set in cooperation with the CBC and RCA Victor in Canada shortly after.

It was recorded again in 1985, again under Brott, but this was the first one and, as far as I know, never reissued.

Vast undiscovered territory, those old creeky 78's.

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