The SOCAN Foundation/ MusCan Awards for Writings on Canadian Music are two $2500 prizes intended to encourage students’ research and writing on Canadian music topics and music professors’ mentorship of students in these endeavors. One prize is for the best English-language paper and one for the best French-language paper. Topics in Canadian music will be understood as potentially deriving from a wide range of genres, including, but not limited to, such areas as concert, folk, jazz, and popular music.

All of the winning papers may be found by following the links below. A summary of all previous winners may be found by following this link.

The Canadian University Music Society gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the SOCAN Foundation in the awarding of these prizes.

Paul Bazin (Université McGill), « Serge Garant et le genre mélodique : stylistique d'une premiere maturité »

The thirteen melodies composed by Serge Garant (1929-1986) between 1951 and 1956 reveal the steps that lead him to a first period of stylistic maturity. Certain authors suggest that this maturity is characterized by Garant’s use of serialism, which peaks for the first time in the song cycle Caprices (1954). I myself have completed the analysis of these thirteen melodies, and these analyses allow me to link my conclusions to observation of this composer’s recurrent compositional strategies. I can therefore make the case that certain characteristic stylistic traits of the four Caprices – harmonic, rhythmic, and formal traits – begin to appear as early as 1951, in melodies that are not even serial. With these observations completed, it is possible for me to challenge the basis on which we have, until now, judged Serge Garant’s style, and to reintegrate certain works to his mature period.

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