HARRY FREEDMAN (1922 - 2005)
Harry Freedman (1922–2005) was born in Poland, but moved to Canada at the age of three. Initially he enrolled in the Winnipeg School of Art to become a painter, but his love of big band jazz led him to the clarinet. He later switched to oboe, and finally to English horn. He was the English horn player in the Toronto Symphony for 25 years. From 1971 on he worked exclusively as a composer. Harry Freedman composed for a wide range of organizations and needs: symphonic music, chamber music, ballets, film scores and theatre music. Much of Freedman’s music shows his lively humour in its unexpected melodic twists and rhythmic surprises.