Some selected records from the (first?) CAPAC Musical Portrait Series (ca.1977)
"A Fiftieth Anniversary Project".
Considering how many individual 7-inch records were released by the Composers,Authors and Publishers Association of Canada in numerous "Musical Portrait" series (dozens of records in each of at least 5 series in total), it is amazingly difficult to find information on this promotional endeavor, ostensibly intended to give the radio-listening public a broader knowledge of the state of contemporary Canadian music when it was created in 1977.
These "not for sale" 7-inch 33 1/3 rpm records contain music (presumably selected by the composers themselves) which was intended to showcase the variety of styles which each composer utilized.
Most of the records contain excerpts from longer works, though some also contain complete shorter works.
As each record totals only around 17 minutes, it is understandable that some composers would choose to have presented as broad a scope as possible from their entire oeuvre by selecting excerpts.
However, it does make the absolute value of each record hard to evaluate..
My conclusion is that they are useful as a sort of advertisement, as the excerpts are at least long enough to get a distinct sense of the style of the given works.
Finding the complete works to satisfy your interest may be difficult, however, as the chances are that the entire works can be found only in limited-edition CBC boxed sets dedicated to the individual composer, which are not easy to find nowadays.
In any case-I hope that you will find something of intrinsic value in these little artifacts, and maybe some new leads to follow in your search for overlooked or underexposed Canadian composers and their works.
My first offering includes works by 3 of the 4 founding members of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble (unfortunately,my copy of the record by the fourth member- Larry Lake, is missing from its sleeve. If it turns up I'll addend the post.)
CAPAC Musical Portrait-David Grimes (QC-1289)
a1-excerpt from Increscents for violin and electronic instruments (4:50)
James Montgomery and David Grimes,synthesizers
a2-excerpt from Sotto Voce for voice and tape (3:03)
b1-excerpt from Walter for trombone and electronics (3:42)
b2-excerpt from Legend (4:00)
Canadian Electronic Ensemble