John Beckwith

(b. 1927)

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(b Victoria, B.C., 1927).

Canadian composer. Instructor in mus. theory, Toronto Royal Cons. 1955–65. Member of mus. faculty, Toronto Univ. since 1952, dean 1970–7, prof. 1977–90; dir., Inst. for Canadian Mus., 1984–90. Works incl. 1‐act opera The Night Blooming Cereus (1953–8); A Message to Winnipeg (1960); Wednesday's Child (1962); Circle, With Tangents, for hpd. and 13 str. (1967); The Sun Dance (1968); Musical Chairs (1973); The Shivaree (1978); A Concert of Myths (1983); Crazy to Kill (1988); Round and Round, for orch. (1991–2); March! March!, for pf. (2001); and A New Pibroch, for Highland pipes, 7 str., perc. (2002). Several of his works are described as ‘collages’ and employ narrators.

Subjects: Music.

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