Douglas Gibson's music playlist

A week from now, we'll know who will be crowned as this year's Canada Reads champion! This year's debates is called Turf Wars, with five books representing different regions of the country. This week, we've been posting Shift with Tom Allen's interviews with each of the Canada Reads authors. They've created a playlist of songs they feel represent their book.

Today we're sharing Douglas Gibson's playlist on behalf of the late Hugh MacLennan. Two Solitudes is being backed by actor Jay Baruchel. Gibson was a close friend and editor of MacLennan and he's chosen a playlist for the 1945 classic on French-English relations in Quebec.

You can listen to Gibson's Two Solitudes playlist below. Hear his interview with Tom Allen on the Shift website to find out his reasons for choosing each song.

1. King's College Choir, O God, Our Help in Ages Past by John Wesley in Collection of Psalms and Hymns (1737), sung to the tune St. Anne (attributed to William Croft)

"Verse four reads: 'A thousand ages in thy sight/ Are like an evening gone/ Short as the watch that ends the night/ Before the rising sun.' This verse gave Hugh MacLennan the name for his first novel, The Watch That Ends the Night."

2. Joseph Haydn, Et resurrexit, from Haydn's Mass for St. Cecilia

"Hugh wrote an essay about it, linking its beauty with the brutality of the contemporary Captain Bligh."

3. Jacques Labrecque, Rossignolet Sauvage, an anonymous French folk song 

"It's overheard in the final scene of part one of Two Solitudes and Hugh MacLennan makes an ornithological oversight."

4. Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, Blue Bonnets 4 Step, traditional Scottish bagpipe music from the album A High Cut Above.

"It's played as the returning troops from the Great War march through the streets of Montreal at the start of part two."

5. Oscar Peterson, playing Cole Porter's In the Still of the Night

"Hugh enjoyed and wrote about jazz, and his Montreal jazz scene included Oscar and another jazz pianist named Johnnie Gallant, briefly married to Hugh's friend Mavis."

Check the blog tomorrow for Lisa Moore's playlist for February.

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