Composer?! [DVD-Video]

Various artists


Composer?! (Composing?!) is a fun-filled educational DVD conceived for young listeners and for use in a school in environment in order to promote new music and its composers. This document creates an initial contact with living composers for students through a virtual gallery of portraits in which the artists enthusiastically share their motivation and passion for music.

Composer?! presents 12 Canadian new music composers with strong personalities in a warm and relaxed setting. Each is given an interview, a page of amusing questions and replies, a short presentation, and two musical excerpts presented in clips that were created by young videographers.

Composing?! is not for sale. Conceived for essentially educational purposes, this DVD is carefully distributed to individuals who will put it to use as a music pedagogy tool.

Requests may be made to the SMCQ. Individuals should provide a description of the educational project in question and indicate the name of the institution they work for. There is a handling fee of $10.

This DVD is truly a musical treasure. Watch it and share it with others, show your generosity and share your passion for the music of today!

Write to us at with your comments. Let us and others know how you used the DVD with your students—level is not an issue. Your feedback will be integrated into our website.

Composer?! is an original idea by the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec

  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Label: SMCQ
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Catalogue No: SMCQ 0601

Composing in the Present!

The SMCQ has been moving in step with the lively rhythms of new music for almost fifty years. With its regular concert season, its Série hommage (Homage Series), an international festival, and a young listener’s programme, the society has served both as a platform for today’s composers and as a window on creative works for everyone.

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