APPLEBAUM, LOUIS


APPLEBAUM, LOUIS
APPLEBAUM, LOUIS (1918–2000), composer and conductor. Born in Toronto, Applebaum was a composer and conductor for the stage, radio, film, and television. He studied the piano with Boris Berlin, theory and composition with Healey Willan, Ernest MacMillan, and others. He was the musical director of the Canadian National Film Board and produced 250 film scores. In 1955 he established the Stratford Music Festival in Ontario, which he directed until 1960, and composed music for more than 50 productions. During the 1960s he was a musical consultant for the national television network (CBC) and chair of the planning committee for the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. He also served as an executive director of the Ontario Arts Council (during the 1970s) and in 1980 became co-chair of the Federal Cultural Review Committee. His honors include the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and appointment to the Order of Canada (1995). Among his works are the ballet suite Dark of the Moon (1953); Suite of Miniature Dances (1953); Revival Meeting and Finale of "Barbara Allen" (1964); A Folio of Shakespearean Songs (1954–87); King Herod for choir (1958); The Last Words of David for cantor and choir (1980); and Two Nostalgic Yiddish Folk Songs for choir (1987). -ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Grove online; W. Pitman, Louis Applebaum: A Passion for Culture (2002). (Israela Stein (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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