Alexander Brott


Born: March 14, 1915 Died: April 1, 2005
Brott studied at the McGill Conservatorium and at the Juilliard School. He took a position at McGill in 1939 and founded the McGill Chamber Orchestra, an organization that has gone on to première many Canadian works. He also served as leader and assistant conductor of the Montreal SO from 1945-58. The first Canadian work to be commissioned and recorded by the CBC was Brott's orchestral work =From Sea to Sea= (1947). In 1948 he began traveling throughout the world as guest conductor for the CBC. His compositional style draws upon neo-classical contraputalism and often uses familiar music in new ways. Brott's interest in Canadian folksong is evident in many of his works, including =La corriveau= (1966), a ballet-opera based on a legend of a female Bluebeard.