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Juno award for John Burge!

 
2009-03-30

John Burge, head of the Department of Music, was awarded the Juno for best classical composition for his piece entitled Flanders Fields Reflections.

"Having never been nominated for a Juno award in the past, in addition to reveling in the moment for the nomination itself, I feel a bit of relief at actually having won," says Burge, with his trademark humour. "Canada is such a small country that I have previously met all of the other four nominees in person and they are certainly deserving composers. For a few of the nominees, this was their second or third nomination and for me personally to not have to go through the process of anticipation and disappointment is really a pleasure. Truly though, one of the most important aspects of the award is that the people and organizations who have commissioned and performed my music in the past, now feel a sense of validation in their commitment to my efforts."

Flanders Fields Reflections was commissioned by Sinfonia Toronto in 2005 for their 2005/06 season.  "I was asked to fill about 30 minutes of a concert with a composition that would capture some aspect of their season's theme, War and Peace. It dawned on me that a perfect vehicle would be to musically interpret some of the important lines from John McCrae's famous poem, In Flanders Fields. The resultant musical work is in five movements and when people hear it, they seem drawn to the slowly unfolding sadness of the fourth movement which is titled, 'Loved and Were Loved.'" To listen to this movement online, visit Marquis Classics.

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