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Violet Archer

1913 - 2000

Violet Louise Archer (24 April 1913 – 21 February 2000) was a Canadian composer, teacher, pianist, organist, and percussionist. Born Violet Balestreri in Montreal, Quebec, in 1913, her family changed their name to Archer in 1940. She died in Ottawa on 21 February 2000.

Archer built a career as a musician and composer in addition to her teaching. She played percussion with the Montreal Women's Symphony Orchestra from 1940 to 1947, a time period when major municipal orchestras were not admitting women to their ranks. In addition to percussion, Archer played clarinet and strings, and worked in Montréal as an accompanist and organist. As a composer, Archer's prolific work of more than 330 compositions included traditional and more contemporary works for instrument and voice. Examples of her wide-ranging work include a 1973 comic opera, Sganarelle, the film score for a 1976 documentary, Someone Cares, and experimentations with electronic music. Her music has been described as "Archer is noted for her 90 compositions written for novice performers, which she wrote to encourage musicians and audiences of all levels to enjoy and understand key elements of modern music like harmony, melody, and rhythm.

Biography taken from Wikipedia.

Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra | 1960 | 21 mins

Clarinet And Orchestra

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Divertimento | 1949 | 9 mins

Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

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Fantasia Concertante | 1941 | 11 mins

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Strings

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Fantasy | 1942 | 6 mins

Clarinet And Strings

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Four Short Pieces | 1995 | 6 mins

Solo Clarinet

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If The Stars Are Burning | 1987 | 12 mins

Mezzo Soprano (voice), Clarinet, Piano

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Little Suite | 1975 | 7 mins

Clarinet And Piano

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Moods | 1985 | 10 mins

Clarinet and Alto Saxophone

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One Fifth On Four | 1990

Clarinet, Cello, Piano, Xylophone, Celesta

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Quartet | 1945

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

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Soliloquies for Bb and A Clarinet | 1982 | 16 mins

Solo Clarinet

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Sonata for Clarinet | 1970 | 15 mins

Clarinet And Piano

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