Works by Buhr
Glenn Buhr was composer-in-residence with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) 1990-6. Together with WSO conductor Bramwell Tovey, he founded the Winnipeg New Music Festival in 1990, curating it until 1996. That year, the WSO named Buhr its first artist laureate. Buhr's residency proved fruitful, resulting in works such as Winter Poems and Concerto for Viola (both 1994). Both pieces were recorded by Tovey and the WSO on Winter Poems (1999), which won a Prairie Music Award. In 2000, Stephen Sitarski premiered Buhr's Violin Concerto.
Glenn Buhr was director of new music at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra 2002-5. In 2003, the Birmingham Royal Ballet premiered his first full-length ballet, Beauty and the Beast, in England. The work toured in 2004, receiving more than 50 performances.
Also an active film composer, Glenn Buhr has written soundtracks for several feature films. Along with his wife, singer and writer Margaret Sweatman, he won a Genie Award for the song "When Wintertime," from the film Seven Times Lucky in 2006. Also in 2006, he premiered his second Piano Concerto with Alex Pauk and the Esprit Orchestra.
Glenn Buhr has been commissioned by the Detroit Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Penderecki Quartet, the Toronto Children's Chorus, and pianist Janina Fialkowska. His music has been played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Louis Lortie, Tracy Dahl, and Christina Petrowska-Quilico, among others.
Performing, Conducting, Teaching
Glenn Buhr has conducted the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
He maintains an active career as a jazz pianist, working mainly with his jazz ensemble, the Glenn Buhr Quartet. He has released two CDs as a performer, the second of which - Thru the Wounded Sky - was praised by the Globe and Mail as one of the year's best.
Buhr began to teach at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1984 and in 1998 became university research chair (the first person in a creative discipline to do so).
Beauty and the Beast (ballet), 2003
Epigrams. 1982. Concert band. Fischer 1983
Beren and Lúthien. 1984. Orch. Ms
Lure of the Fallen Seraphim. 1987. Orch. Ms
Ecstasy. 1988. Orch. Ms
Akasha. 1989. Orch. Ms
Jyotir. 1989. Chamb orch. Ms
Three Pieces. String orchestra, 1991. Ms
Winter Poems. Orchestra, 1994. Ms
Faust Flying. Orchestra, 1996. Ms
Symphony No. 1, 'shift' (formerly 'de joie'), 1997, revised 2002. Ms
Ricercare. String orchestra, 2000. Ms
Serenade for J. Chamber orchestra, 2001. Ms
Symphony No. 2, 'Adagio pathétique', 2001. Ms
Orchestra with Soloist
Nocturno. 1982. Guit, string orch. Ms
Ananda (Sanskrit text from the Upanishads). 1989. V, chamber orch (2 mar, 2 piano). Ms
The Cycle of Spring. 1990. Sop, SATB, chamber orch. Ms
Concerto. Trumpet and orchestra, 1990. Ms
Double Concerto. Flute, harp, and orchestra, 1991. Ms
Concerto. Piano and orchestra, 1992. Ms
The Jumblies (text by Edward Lear). Soprano and orchestra, 1993
Concerto. Viola and orchestra, 1994. Ms
Triple Concerto. Clarinet, violin, piano, and orchestra, 1999. Ms
Concerto. Violin and orchestra, 2000. Ms
Trilogy. Fl, piano. Dorn 1981
The Ebony Tower. 1985. Saxophone, wind ensemble, percussion, piano, double-bass (saxophone, piano, double-bass). Ms
Danses Abstraites. 1986. Fl, harp. Ms
Jazzmusik. 1986. Vn, viola, violoncello, double-bass, piano. Ms
Kammermusik. 1986. Fl, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano. Ms
Tanzmusik. 1986. Hp. Gandharva 1989
Variazioni. 1989. Va, piano. Ms
Minuet and Trio with Doubles on a Theme by Mozart. 1991. Cl, piano, violoncello. Ms
String Quartet No. 1. 1992. Ms
String Quartet No. 2, 'sixblues'. 1996. Ms
...through the heat we're barely moving. Flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion. 1997. Ms
Licht und Schatten Fantasie. Flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, string quartet, double bass. 1999. Ms
Chronicles and Laments. Clarinet and string quartet. 2001. Ms
Whisper Sleep... 1986. SATB, piano. Gandharva 1989
Season of Spring Days (text by Matsuo Basho). Girls' chorus, piano. 1993. Ms
Cathedral Songs (text by Margaret Sweatman). Children's chorus, distant brass ensembles, percussion ensemble, and orchestra. 1995. Ms
Ritchot Mass. Mixed chorus and string quartet. 1997 (also version without string quartet, 1997). Ms
Three Songs (text by Margaret Sweatman). Mezzo-soprano and string quartet. 1998. Ms
Gloria. Soprano, mixed chorus, and orchestra. 2000
Le rêve revient... 1981. 2 piano. Ms
Foxnocturne. 1996. Ms
Two Pieces (after the Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 861 by Johann Sebastian Bach). 2000. Ms
Population 436. 2006
East of Euclid. 2004
Seven Times Lucky. 2004
The Notorious Mrs. Armstrong. 2001
The Pill. 1999
The Clown at Midnight.1998
'On being a composer of unpopular music,' SoundNotes, 1, Fall-Winter 1991
Author Robin Elliott, Evan Ware
Songs. Anne-Marie Donovan mezzo-soprano, William Sperandei trumpet, Neal Gripp viola, Glenn Buhr piano, Victor Martens conductor, Laurier Singers. 1989. Gandharva Editions GECD 9001
Akasha (Sky): Bramwell Tovey Conducts the Music of Glenn Buhr. Bramwell Tovey conductor, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 1992. WSO Records WSOCD-9201
Concerto. Christina Petrowska-Quilico piano, Bramwell Tovey conductor, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 1995. CBC Records SMCD 5141
20th Century Masterworks for Harp. Judy Loman harp. 1996. Marquis Classics MAR 165
Winter Poems. Tracy Dahl soprano, Neal Gripp viola, Bramwell Tovey conductor, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 1999. CBC Records SMCD 5184
Learning to Fall: Music of Glenn Buhr. Anne-Marie Donovan mezzo-soprano, Penderecki String Quartet, Henry Engbrecht conductor, University of Manitoba Singers. 1999. Marquis Classics MAR 237
Judy Loman: Illuminations. Nora Shulman flute, Judy Loman harp. 2004. Marquis Classics MAR 297
Thru The Wounded Sky. Richard Moody viola, Scott Good trombone, Glenn Buhr piano, Greg Lowe guitar, Gilles Fournier acoustic bass, Ken Gold alto saxophone. 2007. Marquis 81367
Improvisational Suite. Glenn Buhr piano. CBC Stereo-Weekender WKD R001
Eatock, Colin. 'Glenn Buhr: the lure of the Toronto Symphony,' Music Scene, 361, May-Jun 1988
Hanna, Lynne. 'A conversation with Glenn Buhr,' Laurier Campus, vol 27, Summer 1988
Everett-Green, Robert. 'Buhr determined to break through the sound barrier,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 1 Jun 1991
Hoffman, Stewart. "Glenn Buhr's lofty theme," Globe and Mail, 30 Mar 1995
Walker, Morley. "Buhr-bling over with ideas," Winnipeg Free Press, 31 Jan 1999
Chapman, Geoff. "Glenn Buhr writes with taste for bebop," Toronto Star, 6 Jan 2005
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