You’ll have to read down to paragraph 12 to find out that she wrote music – but for many in Canada’s contemporary music community, she was a composer first and foremost. In fact, she was a brilliant composer, forging a kind of minimalism that was fresh and distinctive. Her reputation continues to grow. (If you don’t know her music, click here.)
I only met Southam a couple of times, just to say hello – and I regret now that didn’t know her better. However, this summer, I was pleased to include her in an essay on my favourite (deceased) Canadian composers, which appeared in Queen’s Quarterly. I mentioned the essay here on my blog a couple of weeks ago. But if you missed it, here’s a link.
© Colin Eatock 2011