Raymond Murray Schafer

Award-winning Canadian composer, writer and teacher R Murray Schafer was born in Sarnia, Ontario on 18 July 1933 and studied in London (England) and Toronto.

Schafer is known for introducing the concept of soundscape, and for inventing the term schizophonia. His avant-garde, music theatre, opera and classical compositions, many using graphic notation, are for a very wide range of forces. They include the Patria cycle of music-theatre works, written over four decades. His books include The Tuning of the World (The Soundscape), On Canadian Music and The Thinking Ear: On Music Education.

Further information: Canadian Music Centre

A selection of articles about Raymond Murray Schafer

Simultaneous Beethoven - Endre Anaru listens to all the Beethoven symphonies simultaneously

So Much, For So Many - R Murray Schafer's 'My Life on Earth and Elsewhere', read by A P Virag