John Burke

May 10, 1951 - January 18, 2020



Nachtflöte, for solo alto flute (1974) University of Michigan, 11/5/75, Chris Kantner, alto flute
Six Regions, for piano solo (1975) Radio Canada, Montreal, 4/30/78, Bruce Mather, piano. Confluence, for orchestra (1976) University of Michigan, 7/14/77
Spectre, for 10 instruments (1976) Radio Canada, Montreal, 4/30/78 SMCQ, Serge Garant. Firewind, for two pianos (1978) 7es Rencontres Internationales de Musique Contemporaine, Metz, France, 11/16/78, Pierette LePage, Buce Mather, pianos.

Diffusa est gratia, for 16 voices (1979) CBC Radio, Vancouver, 3/5/80
...ascends at full moon..., for clarinet in A and guitar (1981) University of Victoria, 5/19/93
Alchemies, for chamber orchestra (1983) Walter Hall, University of Toronto, 8/27/83, Esprit Orchestra, Alex Pauk

Near Rhymes, for saxophone quartet (1984) Pollack Hall, McGill University, 3/22/84, Danovitch Saxophone Quartet Escher/Bach, for alto flute and harpsichord (1985) St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, 3/19/85, Robert Aitken, alto flute; Elizabeth Keenan, harpsichord
Dreampaths, for piano solo (1986) New Music Concerts, Toronto, 11/29/87 Marc Widner, piano Jacaranda, for oboe and two marimbas (1987) New Music Concerts, Toronto, 11/29/87
Far calls. Coming, far!, for 12 instruments (1988) Calgary Olympic Arts Festival, 2/14/88, SMCQ, Walter Boudreau

Jo-In, for 4 percussionists (1989)
Alberich Dances, for 9 instruments (1989) ELISION Ensemble, Melbourne, Australia, 11/21/90
Dance Interludes, for violin, cello and piano (1990)
Stealth, for bass clarinet and marimba (1991) Faculty Chamber Music Series, University of Victoria, 10/26/91, Lori Freedman, bass clarinet; Sal Ferreras, marimba
L’Absence, for 7 instruments (1992) Victoria International Festival, 7/10/92, Festival Contemporary Music ensemble

To Touch, electroacoustic work for 4 dancers; choreographer Sara Shelton Mann (1993) Mascall Dance International, Vancouver, 3/4/93

String Quartet (1994) University of Victoria, 6/16/95 Lafayette String Quartet (1995 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music)
Noche de Ronda, for viola, cello and guitar (1995) CBC Vancouver, 6/2/96
Yariv Aloni, Pamela Highbaugh-Aloni, Alexander Dunn

Remember Your Power, for piano and 6 instruments (1998) Vancouver New Music, 5/31/98, Owen Underhill, Jane Hayes
Joy Be With You, for string orchestra (1998) Chan Centre, UBC, 9/13/98, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Mario Bernardi

Reiki, for string quartet (1998) Groundswell, Winnipeg, 11/12/98

Huna, for two pianos (1999)
Remember Your Power, for piano and 6 instruments, crystal bowl and chanter (1998-2000) Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, 4/14/00 Jane Hayes, piano; InnerWork Ensemble, John Celona
The Call, for two oboes (2000) University of Victoria, Victoria, BC , 3/23/01
Seeing With The Wise Woman, for harp, string quartet and percussion (2000) CBC Vancouver, 11/23/06, Rita Costanzi

Epiphanies, for alto flute and string quartet (2001) CBC Vancouver, 11/23/06, Chenoa Anderson Icaro I, for string quartet (2002) Sacred World Music Festival, Vancouver, 11/11/02

Hymn, for clarinet in A and string quartet (2002) Sacred World Music Festival, Vancouver, 11/11/02, Francois Houle
Icaro II, for 2 violins and harpsichord (2002) Musicos del Norte, Madrid, 3/24/03
Mysterium (versions I-IX) (2000-02)

Gyaling, for saxophone quartet (2003) University of British Columbia, Vancover, 10/15/04, Saxo-philia

Labyrinthmusic, for piano and string quintet (2003) Sacred World Music Festival, Vancouver, 11/11/03

La Sombra Espiral, for guitar and string quartet (2004) MusicFest Vancouver, 8/11/09, John Oliver

One Breath, for chamber orchestra (2005) Regina Symphony, 11/28/07, Victor Sawa

Persistance de la mémoire, for piano in sixteenth of tones and mechanical metronome (2005) Conservatoire, Montreal, 12/14/05 Bruce Mather, piano in sixteenth of tones
“ a sort of runic rhyme...”, for ten instruments (2005) Sonic Boom, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver, 3/18/06, Owen Underhill

Sanctum III, for 8 instruments, (2006) 11/23/06, CBC Vancouver, Giorgio Magnanensi
The Labyrinth Ascending, for four players (1) piano/recorders (2) piano/flutes (3) soprano/celtic harp (4) cello (2006) Gemini, Cristian Markos, St. Hilda’s Anglican Church, Sechelt, B.C., 9/23/06
The Labyrinth of Transformation, for 8 instruments (2006) CBC Radio, 10/29/06
Opera Interna, for flute, clarinet in A, percussion, piano, violin, cello (2007) Contact Contemporary Music, Toronto, 4/12/07
Zeno’s Plaint, for violin and piano (2007)
Toning, for voice and string quartet (2009)
Chant, for voice and string quartet (2009)
Hieratikos, for piano trio (2009) ‘What is Classical?’ Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto 8/14/10, Ensemble Vivant

Ultrablue, for piano in sixteenth of tones and two pianos tuned a quartertone apart (2010)
Conservatoire de Montréal, 1/24/11, Bruce Mather, piano in sixteenth of tones, Paul Helmer, Dominique Roy pnos
Centrage, for two pianos tuned a quartertone apart (2011)
Conservatoire de Montréal, 1/24/12, Paul Helmer, Dominique Roy pnos
Tracing Elements, for string orchestra (2012) Ping!, Toronto, 11/29/13
This Next Space, (with John Celona) for 15 instruments (2013) Aventa Ensemble, Victoria, 10/17/13, Bill Linwood
Secret Offering, for SATB chorus, violin and bass clarinet (2014) Groundswell, Winnipeg, 03/05/14

Breathing, for band (2015)
Bali, for band (2015) Dunning-Foubert Elementary School, Ottawa, 05/10/15
Ô bel enfant, for two pianos (2016) Yarilo Ensemble, Vancouver, 11/21/16

iFugue (after Antonio Vivaldi), for violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass, piano (2016)



A la source d’Hypocrêne, Radio Canada International 546 ...ascends at full moon..., Radio Canada International 583
Firewind, Centrediscs 1884, Canadian Music Centre
Mysterium, Catherine Wilson, Opening Day Records ODR 9348 Remember Your Power, Centrediscs 10104, Canadian Music Centre
La Despedida,
Catherine Wilson (in preparation)

Mysterium, Music from the Labyrinth, Independent



La transcendance en musique selon John Burke: parcours et entretien, Sylvia L’Écuyer
Circuit: musiques contemporaines, Volume 21, numéro 1, 2011, p. 11-21, Du spirituel dans l’art ?

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