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Andrew Dawes: Dynamic Range

2013 4 min
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This short film pays tribute to distinguished violinist Andrew Dawes, one of the finest violinists Canada has ever produced. Dawes is known for his technical excellence, musical integrity, and exciting performances. In a career spanning half a century, he has inspired listeners, students, and fellow musicians around the globe. Here, poetic images bring to life Dawes' early years, as he muses on the ineffability of music and the discipline required to become an accomplished player. Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2013 …

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This short film pays tribute to distinguished violinist Andrew Dawes, one of the finest violinists Canada has ever produced. Dawes is known for his technical excellence, musical integrity, and exciting performances. In a career spanning half a century, he has inspired listeners, students, and fellow musicians around the globe. Here, poetic images bring to life Dawes' early years, as he muses on the ineffability of music and the discipline required to become an accomplished player.

Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
  • recipient
    Andrew Dawes
  • writer
    Lisa Jackson
  • director
    Lisa Jackson
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • director of photography
    Robert Aschmann
  • editor
    Alec MacNeill-Richardson
  • sound design
    Jon Ritchie
  • sound editing
    Jon Ritchie
  • music - performance
    Andrew Dawes
  • cast
    Brent Connelly
    Felix LeBlanc-Pratt
  • sound recordist
    Brent Calkin
  • focus puller
    Masayo Takada-Balden
  • gaffer
    Scott Clark
  • data management technician
    Dmitry Burenok
  • assistant production manager
    Thom Stitt
  • makeup artist
    Celina Seib
  • re-recording studio
    Black Dog Studio
  • re-recording mixer
    Jon Ritchie
  • post-production services
    Finale Editworks
  • colourist
    Allan Pinvidic
  • associate producer
    Teri Snelgrove
  • production assistant
    Jung-Sun Song
  • production coordinator
    Karen Downing
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • supervising project manager
    Rachel Punwassie
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • studio administrator
    Jennifer Roworth

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Education

Ages 12 to 18
List all of the comparisons Andrew Dawes makes between riding a horse and playing an instrument. Can you come up with any others? Divide the class into small groups to develop lists of similes for two seemingly different concepts. Discuss Beethoven’s statement about music being an escape or liberation (2:00). Dawes describes music as “ineffable” (2:45); define the word and brainstorm other things we might describe as ineffable. What is music all about (3:00)?