Canadian composer John Beckwith passed away on December 5, 2022. A longtime friend of James Reaney, they collaborated on several small ensemble musical collages to accompany Reaney’s poetry and also on four operas: Night Blooming Cereus, The Shivaree, Crazy to Kill, and Taptoo!.
For a full appreciation of John Beckwith’s life and music, see his son Larry Beckwith’s tribute in Opera Canada: https://operacanada.ca/march-9-1927-december-5-2022-canadian-composer-john-beckwith/
More about John Beckwith
For more about John Beckwith’s life and career, see his autobiography Unheard Of: Memoirs of a Canadian Composer from 2012.
The John Beckwith Songbook concert was held in honour of his 94th birthday in March 2021.
John Beckwith on “James Reaney and Music”, November 5, 2016 at Museum London.
((( 0 ))) You can stream archived recordings of John Beckwith’s music at the Canadian Music Centre: