The following are miscellaneous newspaper articles written about Morawetz and/or his music. Newspaper reviews of specific performances of Morawetz' compositions
appear under the Reviews heading for
the work in the His Music section.
- Oct. 12-18, 1963 CBC Times
"One of Canada's most successful, most
- Mar. 30, 1965
Toronto Daily Star by Ralph Thomas
"... Canada's most successful composer with the
world's public, but not with his own colleagues."
- Oct. 1967 The
"The poet, the Composer and the Artist"
- Jul. 12-18, 1969 CBC Times
"June Graham talks to the composer about
premières of his latest musical works"
- Nov. 17, 1969 The Globe and Mail by Blaik Kirby
"... a dozen performances of his works in six
different cities by five different orchestras, within a single month" ...
"I have always considered myself a composer who tried to express the music of
today with my own personal feelings. I'm more interested in the quality and
expression of music than I am in novelty. Many composers think music is like
the car business; every year there has to be a new model."
- Jun. 8, 1970 TIME magazine
"Tragic inspiration ... both prolific and
widely performed. In the last year, there have been seven premières of
- Jun. 1972 The Canadian Composer
"Morawetz works often performed"
- Mar. 1974 The Canadian Composer
"Increasing popularity of Morawetz in concert,
on record and on radio"
- Apr. 30, 1976 Onion by Pauline Carey
"Portrait of the Artist ... his love of the
human voice and his delight in the dramatic marriage between music and words
... Music for Oskar Morawetz must have an emotional message"
- Sep. 1976 The Canadian Composer
"Oskar Morawetz goes from Guelph to Tel Aviv
for two musical firsts in a busy composer's career"
- Jun. 1977 The Canadian Composer
"Oskar Morawetz celebrates 60th birthday with
CBC special in context of Jewish Festival"
- Apr. 5, 1978 University of Toronto Varsity by A.K.
"... most widely performed Canadian composer
... largely self-taught ... Morawetz rejects the academic excommunication of
composers sometimes considered sentimental or unprogressive ... his style is
unique, personal, and very accessible ..."
- Aug. 12, 1978 The Calgary Herald by Jamie Portman
"Young composers enjoying a dream situation at
- Jun. 1979 The Canadian Composer
"Most successful season yet for Oskar Morawetz
with 20-plus performances"
- Jan. 15, 1982 The Toronto Star by Peter Goddard
"Composer used to criticism but don't say
- 1981/1982 Toronto Symphony News by Molly Callaghan
"Profiles ... imminent retirement from the
University of Toronto's Faculty of Music ..."
- Sep. 30, 1983 The
London Free Press by Richard Newman
"[Morawetz] thinks that composing in a "style"
can be insincere ... can become dated within a few years ... his phenomenal
memory ... will be composer-in-residence next week [at] University of Western
Ontario [and] will speak on his composition The Diary Of Anne Frank ..."
- Jan. 5, 1987 The Toronto
Star by William Littler
"... 1987 is turning out to be the year of ...
- Nov-Dec, 2007 Journal of Singing by Kimberley
"Morawetz's songs ... are well known to
Canadian singers for their dramatic scope, lyric phrases, driving rhythms, and
Writings of Oskar Morawetz
Morawetz authored an article about the growth of creative activity in Canada
for the Toronto Symphony News:
His wife, Ruth Morawetz, authored an article after interviewing Morawetz on
his thoughts on composing:
Ruby Mercer, soprano and opera advocate in Canada, interviewed Morawetz about
Richard Strauss and his opera Salome:
In the 1970s, the general public were clamoring for a full-season opera.
Morawetz had just attended a Canadian première of Janáček's Katya Kabanova
at the University of Toronto's music faculty which was poorly attended. With
tongue in cheek, he wrote the following letter to the editor of the Globe and
Mail, questioning whether Toronto deserved a full-season opera. As a result,
the remainder of the Janáček performances were well-attended.
After Herbert Von Karajan died, Morawetz was shocked that no major headline
appeared in Toronto's major newspaper about his death. So he wrote the following
letter to the Globe and Mail, and a few weeks later, an edited version of
his letter appeared in the Letters to the Editor section.