Works.

Works.

All compositions

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Three William Morris Songs, Op. 5 (1985)
Soprano and Piano
  1. 1. Margaret’s Song
  2. 2. In Prison
  3. 3. Paean to March

Written for the Toronto William Morris Society’s 151st birthday celebration. First performed at the Haleconian Hall March 30, 1985 by Martha Collins, soprano, with the composer at the piano. Published by the William Morris Society, London, England.

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The House of Tomorrow, Op. 6 (1986)
Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
  1. 1. On Children
  2. 2. The Whole Duty of Children
  3. 3. Midnight Prayer
  4. 4. Rhyme

First performed by Catherine Robbin, mezzo, with the composer at the piano, Celebration of Life, Massey Hall, April 4, 1986.

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A Sarah Binks Songbook, Op. 9 (1988)
Soprano and Piano

[Poems from 'Sarah Binks' by Paul Hiebert]

  1. 1. Reflections while translating Heine (Fantasia on a theme of R. Schumann)
  2. 2. Hi, Sooky, Ho, Sooky (Valse Serenata)
  3. 3. Ode to a Star (Arioso di camera)
  4. 4. The Song of the Chore (Canzone rustica)
  5. 5. Elegy to a calf (Lamento pastorello)
  6. 6. Square Dance (Hoe-down)

First performed at the Jane Mallett Theatre, December 19, 1988. Martha Collins, soprano, with the composer at the piano.

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A Sarah Binks Songbook, Op. 9 (1995 rev.)
Mezzo-Soprano and 2fls/Picc, Ob/Ca, 2Cls/Bass Cl, Bsn, 2Hrns, 2Trps, Tbn, Pn/Cel, Perc and Strings
  1. (Numbers 2, 4, 5, and 6 above, orchestrated)

Commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and first performed by soprano Mary Lou Fallis with the TSO in Roy Thompson Hall on January 27, 1996.

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Ode to a Star (Intermezzo), (1993)
High voice and Piano

[Text by Paul Hiebert]

First performed by Mary Lou Fallis with the composer at the piano as part of Primadonna’s First Farewell Tour, in the Sharon-Hope United Church as part of the Sharon Festival, July 31, 1993.

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Sing Me at Midnight, Op. 12 (1994)
Baritone and Piano

[Text by Sir Wilfred Owen]

  1. 1. How do I Love Thee?
  2. 2. Three Rompers
  3. 3. Anthem for Doomed Youth
  4. 4. Maundy Thursday
  5. 5. Song of Songs

First Performed in Orangeville, Ontario by baritone Kevin McMillan with the composer at the piano, March 4, 1994. Subsequently performed in St. John’s, Newfoundland and recorded for local broadcast by the CBC. Available from the Canadian Music Centre.

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The Red, Red Heart, Op. 13 (1995)
Coloratura Soprano and Piano

[Text by Marianne Bindig]

  1. 1. The Beginning
  2. 2. Naked in the City Streets
  3. 3. My Mother’s Hands
  4. 4. Laughter
  5. 5. A Red, Red Heart

Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. First performed by Tracy Dahl, soprano, with the composer at the piano in Westminster United Church on February 15, 1995.

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Bestiary Cabaret and New Songs for the Listless, Op. 14 (1995)
Medium Voice and Piano

[Text by P. Bédard]

  1. 1. Pretty World (Skunks and Penguins)
  2. 2. The Hollow of My Head (The Cat Family)
  3. 3. A Bunch of Dogs/Frank
  4. 4. The New Stuff
  5. 5. The Four Modernizations
  6. 6. Love Slips Away
  7. 7. Fate
  8. 8. Our Lady of Fatima’s Hat
  9. Epilogue: Farewell

Commissioned by Mary Delli Colli. Funds provided by the Ontario Arts Council. First performed by mezzo-soprano Mary Delli Colli with the composer at the piano in Barrie, Ontario, on October 22, 1995.

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Studies and Rambles of Wasagewanoqua, Op. 16 (1996)
Soprano and Piano (4 hands opt.)

[Text taken from Anna Bromwell Jameson’s 1883 memoires, 'Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada']

  1. 1. Voyage to Canada (study) [text by F. von Schiller]
  2. 2. Toronto (ramble)
  3. 3. Sleigh Trip to Niagara (study) [text anon.]
  4. 4. The Resurrection of Nature (ramble)
  5. 5. From Sault Ste. Marie en Bateau! (ramble and three studies) [text anon.]
  6. 6. Ojibway Quaince (ramble and study) [text and tune anon.]
  7. 7. The Heart’s Laugh (envoi) [text by S. T. Coleridge]

Commissioned by the Aldeburgh Connection and first performed as part of their programme Lady Blarney in Walter Hall, Toronto, on March 3, 1996 by soprano Monica Whicher with pianists Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata at the keyboard. Funding was provided by the Laidlaw Foundation. Available from the Canadian Music Centre.

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Allegory of Sweet Desire (After Agnolo Bronzino), Op. 17 (1998)
Soprano and Piano

[Text taken from a book of Greek and Roman love poetry translated by Michelle Lovric and Kikiforos Doxiadis Mardas]

  1. 1. Dedication to Aphrodite [anon. and Longus]
  2. 2. The Bells of Child Folly [Horace]
  3. 3. Eros Consumed [anon.]
  4. 4. The Masks and Desires of Night [Ovid]
  5. 5. Presentation of the Golden Apple of Eris (Polyphemus to Galatea) [Theokritis]
  6. 6. Aphrodite Guides the Arrow of Eros [anon.]
  7. 7. The Honey of Deceit [Theokritos, Longus & Paulos Silentarius]
  8. 8. The Sting of Deceit [Horace]
  9. 9. The Lecherous Dove [Horace]
  10. 10. The Torment of Jealousy [Ovid]
  11. 11. Time Reveals, Time Heals [Sappho]
  12. 12. Truth Appeased [Propertius & anon.]

Commissioned by the Aldeburgh Connection with the generous assistance of Kenneth and Carol Anderson. First performed by soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and pianist Stephen Ralls at the Glenn Gould Studio of the CBC building on March 9, 1998

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The Listeners, Op. 24 (2007)
Tenor and Piano

[Text by Walter De La Mare]

Commissioned by The Aldeburgh Connection for their program “A Song of Enchantment”. First performed by Lawrence Wiliford, tenor and Stephen Ralls, piano in Walter Hall, University of Toronto on January 13, 2008.

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I. On Children (from The House of Tomorrow), revised (2013)
Mezzo Soprano and Piano

[Text by Khalil Gibran]

Written for the Doctoral lecture recital of Mezzo Soprano Ellen Graham and premiered on that occasion with the composer at the piano in the Niles Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY on Nov. 2, 2013.

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A Sarah Binks Bestiary, Op. 25 (2014)
Soprano and Piano (Duration: 22 minutes)

[Poems from 'Sarah Binks' by Paul Hiebert]

  1. I. The Goose (Ragtime Chorale)
  2. II. The Prize Sheep (Waltz “Elgariana”)
  3. III. The Worm (Two-Step Shuffle)
  4. IV. Song of the Cow (Pastourelle)
  5. V. The Bug (Tarantella)
  6. VI. The Farm Skunk (Gavotte)
  7. VII. Steeds (Fanfare, Polka & Galop)

Commissioned by Jane Leibel with the generous assistance of an Artistic and Creative Grant from Memorial University, Newfoundland. First performed by Jane Leibel, Soprano and Maureen Volk, Pianist on June 30, 2015 at the MusCan National Conference, the School of Music, University of Ottawa.

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The Grooks Songbook [Dänisches Liederbuch], Op. 26 (Forty Grooks in Eleven Movements, 2015)
High Voice and Piano

[Text and illustrations by Peit Hein]

  1. 1. The Humble Artist (Introduction Grook)
  2. 2. Consolation Grook (WWII Grook)
  3. 3. Timing Toast (Grook on how to char for yourself)
  4. 4. Living in the Moment (Time Grooks)
    1. A.) Living in the Moment
    2. B.) Enough Is Enough
    3. C.) From Time to Time
    4. D.) Speed It Up! (Recipe)
    5. E.) Vita Brevis
    6. F.) The Road to Wisdom / Wisdom Is -
    7. G.) Allotment / Do It Now
    8. H.) The Unattainable Ideal
    9. I.) The Cure for Exhaustion
    10. J.) Remember (F. Schubert Grook)
  5. 5. Road Hog (Traffic Grook)
  6. 6. The Miracle of Spring (Seasons Grooks)
    1. A.) Willow Pattern (Winter Grook)
    2. B.) Saturation (G. Rossini Grook)
    3. C.) Prayer(to the sun above the clouds)
    4. D.) Spring’s Harbinger (On tour)
    5. E.) The Miracle of Spring
    6. F.) Beech Green (Colourgrook)
    7. G.) Lilac Time (A. Sullivan Grook)
  7. 7. What Is Love Like? (Love and Sex Grooks)
    1. A.) What Love is Like
    2. B.) Dream Interpretation (Simplified)
    3. C.) Pornographic Grook
    4. D.) Prescription
    5. E.) Address to My Beloved
    6. F.) Morning Dream
    7. G.) Memento Vivere
  8. 8. The Plagiarist (W. A. Mozart Grook)
  9. 9. On Avoiding Excess (Temperance Grook)
  10. 10. The Great and the Small (Life Grooks)
    1. A.) Taught
    2. B.) What People May Think
    3. C.) The Great and the Small (Grook in proportions)
    4. D.) A Psychological Tip
  11. 11. Can You Imagine It? (Coda Grooks)
    1. E.) Can You Imagine It?
    2. F.) Rejuvenation Therapy
    3. G.) Call Me (Reprise Grook)
    4. H.) Keeping Count

Commissioned by Soprano Yannick-Muriel Noah. The premier performance of selected songs was given by Yannick-Muriel Noah, Soprano with the composer at the piano and took place in the Dominion-Chalmers United Church, Ottawa, as part of the Music and Beyond Festival on July 16, 2015.

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Palm Court Songs of the Bubble Ring, Op. 10 (1991)
High voice, clarinet, ‘cello and piano

[Text by Dennis Lee]

  1. 1. The Bubble Ring
  2. 2. The Man who Never Was (Variations on a theme of Mozart)
  3. 3. Mr. Green and Ms. Levine (Homage to F. Schubert)
  4. 4. When I went up to Ottawa
  5. 5. The Coat (Homage to G. Fauré)
  6. 6. The Golden Rule
  7. 7. The Mermaid Banquet (Scherzo)

Commissioned by Mme. Greta Kraus with funds from the Arts Foundation of Toronto. First performed in Walter Hall, April 19, 1991. Mark Dubois, tenor, and the Amici trio, Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet; David Hetherington, ‘cello; Patricia Parr, piano. Broadcast on Arts National, CBC. Available from the Canadian Music Centre.

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The Promised Land, Op. 15 (1996)
Coloratura Soprano, Trumpet and Piano

[Text by Marianne Bindig]

  1. 1. Autumn Leaves
  2. 2. My Forest
  3. 3. Outside Life
  4. 4. The Gossamer Bridge
  5. 5. The Giraffe (Reprise)

Commissioned with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. First performed by Lorna MacDonald, soprano, Guy Few, trumpet and Che Anne Loewen, piano, as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of University Settlement Recreation Centre in Walter Hall, Toronto, November 17, 1996.

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Liebesleid-Lieder, Op. 20 (2001)
SATB and piano, 4 hands

[Text by Dorothy Parked and others. Assorted dances celebrating the foibles of love and romance, whimsical, humorous and otherwise.]

  1. 1. Life and Love (Waltz)
  2. 2. Miss Twye (Ragtime)
  3. 3. Lady with Technique & Frustrated Male (Foxtrot & Charleston)
  4. 4. Monogamy (Pavane)
  5. 5. The Good Girl (Minuet)
  6. 6. The Garter (Schottische)
  7. 7. Chastity (Tango)
  8. 8. To the Moon (Bolero)
  9. 9. The Sex Situation (Polonaise)
  10. 10. Anecdote (Gavotte)
  11. 11. Unfortunate Coincidence (Rumba)
  12. 12. Superfluous Advice (Can-can)
  13. 13. Superfluous response (Tarantella)
  14. 14. A Very Short Song (Sarabande)
  15. 15. Love and Romance (Ländler)

Commissioned by the Aldeburgh Connection for their twentieth anniversary, 2002. First performed on January 13, 2002, in the MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, The Birthday Salon, by Monica Whicher, soprano, Norine Burgess, Mezzo, Benjamin Butterfield, tenor, Mark Pedrotti, baritone, and Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, pianists. Available from the Canadian Music Centre.

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A Prairie Boy’s Life (A Manitoban Entertainment), Op. 27 (2016)
Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone and Piano, Four Hands

[Text by William Kurelek with additional text by Randy Lundy, Dennis Cardiff, Louis Riel, Myra Stilborn & Anon.]

  1. Prelude: Ayiki-pisim (The Frog Moon - April) [Lundy]
  2.  
  3. PART I - WINTER / SPRING:
  4. I. Crows Leaving Before Winter
  5. II. The First Snowfall (Soprano Solo)
  6. III. Fox and Geese
  7. IV. The Blizzard & Snowdrift Fun
  8. Interlude I. The Little Old Sod Shanty (anon. - Tenor & Baritone Duet)
  9. V. Sundogs (Soprano & Mezzo Duet)
  10. VI (Return of the First Crow (Reprise)
  11. Interlude II. Prairie Crocus (Cardiff)
  12. Intermezzo: Summer on Lake Winnipeg
  13.  
  14. PART II - SUMMER / FALL:
  15. VII. Softball
  16. VIII. Thunderstorm Approaching (Homage to G. Verdi)
  17. Interlude III. Une lettre de Louis Riel (Riel - Baritone Solo)
  18. IX. The Swimming Hole
  19. Interlude IV. A Mosquito in the Cabin (Stilborn)
  20. X. Bows and Arrows (Mezzo Solo)
  21.  
  22. Epilogue: The Golden Boy (Anon.)

Commissioned by the University of Manitoba with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Inauguration of the Desautels Concert Hall, School of Music, U. of M. Premiered at WAG, Winnipeg, MB on February 24, 2017 with Monica Huisman & Sarah Kirsch - sopranos, Rosemarie Vanderhoofte & Lois Watson-Lyons - mezzos, Jamie McLennen & Robert MaClaren - tenors, Mel Braun - baritone, and Laura Loewen & John Greer - pianists.

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Madrigal, Op. 1 (1980)
SSAATTBB chorus a cappella

[Text by O. Nash]

Commissioned by the Manitoba Youth Choir for its inaugural season and first performed by the MYC, Jon Washburn, conducting, in Young United Church, Winnipeg, October 1980.

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Two Songs of Love, Op. 2 (1981)
SSAA chorus a cappella

[Text by F. Schober (trans. Greer) and W. Shakespeare]

  1. 1. To Music
  2. 2. Fancy

Commissioned for and first performed by the Aurora Singers, Thompson, Manitoba.

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From the Diary of Louis Riel, Op. 3 (1984)
SMATBrB chorus and organ

[Text by L. Riel, trans. T. Flanagan]

Commissioned by the National Youth Choir for its inaugural season and first performed by the NYC, John Standing , conducting, in Young United Church, Winnipeg, October 20 1984.

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The Beginning of the World, Op. 18 (1999)
Mezzo-soprano solo, two-part Children’s Chorus and Piano, OR Children’s Chorus in three parts and Piano

[Salish Legend recounted by Chief K’hhalserten, translated by Sophia White and abridged by J. Greer]

Commissioned by the Toronto Children’s Chorus with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. First performed by mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin and the TCC, Jean Ashworth Bartle, conductor with Ruth Watson-Henderson, piano at the Ford Center, Toronto, on May 6, 2000.

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A Song of Joys (Paeon to Music) (2017)
SATB Chorus, SA Children’s Chorus and Piano

[Text by Walt Whitman]

Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of the Winnipeg Music Festival with financial assistance from the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba. Premier performance by the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir (Yuri Katz, Director), the Winnipeg Boys Choir (Carolyn Boyes, Director), the Winnipeg Girls Choir (Tricia Penner, Director) and Donna Laube, pianist on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Westminster United Church, Winnipeg.

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Psalm 100 (1980)
SATB chorus and organ

[Text from the King James Bible, abridged]

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When All Thy Mercies (1976)
SATB chorus and piano/organ

[Text by J.W. Addison]

Published as part of the CBC Hymn Sing Series, Waterloo Music Canada

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Thanksgiving (1970)
Soprano, Tenor and piano

[Text by R.W. Emerson]

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Wedding Song (1978)
Soprano, flute and piano/organ

[Text from the Bible, Revised Standard Version]

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Psalm 96 (1979)
SSA Chorus and piano/organ

[Text from the Bible, Revised Standard Version]

Published as part of the CBC Hymn Sing Series, Waterloo Music Canada

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Psalm 139, Op. 4 (1985)
SAB Chorus and organ

[Text from the Bible, Revised Standard Version]

Commissioned by First Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg. First performed there with Music Director Conrad Grimes on December 1, 1985 as part of their 60th anniversary celebration.

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St. Andrew’s Triptych (2001)
SATB a cappella

[Text from the Bible, Revised Standard Version]

  1. Short Sacred service of an Introit, Response and Benediction based on a musical motif devised from the name Douglas Bodle

Commissioned by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Toronto to celebrate organist Douglas Bodle’s thirty-fifth year as music director.

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Young Jesus in the Temple, Op. 21 (2004)
SA Youth Chorus & Piano

[Text by Mary Jackson Cathey]

Commissioned by the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC and the National Presbyterian Youth Choir, Beverly Haller, conductor.

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Beloved, Let Us Love One Another, Op. 23 (2005)
SATB Chorus a cappella

[Text from the New King James Bible, I John IV: vii, xi, xiii, xvi]

Commissioned by St. George Crescentwood Anglican Church, Winnipeg, MB, Canada for Stewart Thompson’s fiftieth jubilee celebration on Oct. 16, 2005.

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The Snow Queen, Op. 11 (1993)
Children’s chorus, piano* and percussion

[Libretto by Jeremy James Taylor]

  1. An opera for children in one act based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson

Commissioned by the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus to celebrate their 25th anniversary, with the assistance of the McLean Foundation and the Laidlaw Foundation. First performed by the CCOC at the Milk International Children’s Festival at the DuMaurier Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto, on May 21, 1993, conductor John Tuttle, director Tom Diamond. [*Revised and accompaniment orchestrated in 2001 for oboe/cor anglais, string quartet (2 Vls., Vla., Vc. and piano. New arrangement first performed in Toronto in May of 2001 and subsequently on a CCOC European tour, visiting Cologne and Amsterdam that same month, Ann Cooper Gay conducting.] Available from the Canadian Music Centre.

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The Star-Child, Op. 19 (2000)
Children’s chorus, piano and percussion

[Libretto by Ned Dickens]

  1. An opera for children in one act based on the fairy tale by Oscar Wilde

Commissioned by the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus as part of the Milennium 2000 celebrations, with the assistance of Music Canada Musique 2000 “Celebrating the Canadian Composer”. First performed by the CCOC at the DuMaurier Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto, on May 11-14, 2000, conductor John Tuttle, accompanist Bruce Ubukata, director Tom Diamond

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LEO, the Royal Cadet Operetta in Two Acts (1878) (2001)
Solo and Chorus parts fully revised and accompaniment orchestrated for fl/picc, ob, cl, hn, trp, tbn, perc, piano and solo sting quintet (2 vls, vla, vc, cb)

[Music by Oscar Telgmann, Libretto by Cameron, revised by Virginia Reh]

Commissioned by Toronto Operetta Theatre. First performed as part of their 2000-2001 season, opening May 1, 2001 and subsequently touring to the Grand Theatre, Kingston for more performances May 9-12, John Greer conducting, Guillermo Silva-Marin directing and a cast including Eric Shaw as Leo, Alexandra Lennox as Nellie, Luc LaLonde as Captain Bloodswigger, Giselle Fredette as Carolyn and Bruce Kelly as the Commandant.

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University of Manitoba March (1977)
Piano/orchestra & optional chorus

Winning entry in the University of Manitoba’s bicentennial song contest.

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Overture, Utopia Limited, Op. 7 (1987)
2fls, ob, 2cls, 2bsns, 2 hrns, 2trps, perc and strings

Commissioned by the Toronto Gilbert and Sullivan Society. First performed by the Society at the MacMillan Theatre, Toronto, with the composer conducting.

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Three Canadian Folk Songs (1976)
Three part men’s chorus and percussion (triangle, glockenspiel and hand drum)
  1. 1. Les Raftsmen
  2. 2. Donkey Riding
  3. 3. I’se the B’y that Builds the Boat
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Trois chansons folkloriques du Canada (Three French Canadian Folksongs) (1982)
Tenor, Baritone and Piano
  1. 1. Les Raftsmen
  2. 2. Un Canadian Errant*
  3. 3. Vive la Canadienne

First performed by Marc Dubois and Mark Pedrotti with the composer at the piano at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa on November 28, 1982.

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Four Negro Spirituals (1983-92 )
Mezzo-soprano, Bass and Piano
  1. 1. Little David, Play on your Harp#
  2. 2. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot#
  3. 3. ‘Tis me, O Lord*
  4. 4. By an’ By+

First performed by Catherine Robbin and John Doddington, with Valerie Tryon at the piano at the Art Gallery, Winnipeg, on November 20, 1983*, with the composer at the piano at Walter Hall, Toronto on November 12, 1987#, and by Valdine Anderson and Duncan Campbell, with the composer at the piano at the Art Gallery, Winnipeg, on January 12, 1992+.

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Danny Boy (1982)
High Voice and Piano

[Text by F. E. Weatherly]

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My Love is like a Red, Red Rose (1987)
High Voice and Piano

[Text by R. Burns]

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All Around the Circle, Opus 8 (1987)
SATB Soloists and Two Pianos

Commissioned by the Aldeburgh Connection, Toronto. First performed by Martha Collins, Gabrielle Prata, Dennis Giesbrecht and Mark Pedrotti with Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubakata, pianists. Northern Lights, Walter Hall, Toronto, January 31, 1988.

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First to this Country (1988)
Mezzo-soprano, Baritone and Piano
  1. 1. The Carrion Crow
  2. 2. La jeune fille sans amant (mezzo solo)
  3. 3. The Brown Girl (baritone solo)
  4. 4. Catherine etait fille

Commissioned by CBC Radio with the assistance of the Canada Council. First performed by Sonia Racine and Kevin McMillan with Michael McMahon at the piano, Debut Atlantic Series, January 1989.

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Beau Ciel (Chanson d’Acadie) (1990)
Soprano, clar, string quartet and piano

Commissioned by Rosemarie Landry. First performed by Rosemarie Landry, James Campbell, Andre Laplante and the Arthur LeBlanc Quartet for the 1990 Festival Acadien in Caraquet, NB and recorded at that time for CBC broadcast.

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Chante, Voyageur, Chante! (1992)
Baritone solo, male chorus in 2 or 3 parts and violin

Commissioned by James Campbell for the Festival of the Sound. First performed by the Parry Sound Choral Society, Linda Lipsett director, with baritone Daniel Neff and violinist Julie Rosenfeld at the Festival Hall, Parry Sound on July 17, 1992 (“Gala Opening Canada 125 Salute”).

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Monica’s Fancy (1993)
High Voice and Guitar
  1. 1. The Morning Dew
  2. 2. Kate’s Big Shirt
  3. 3. Un Canadian Errant
  4. 4. Que sais-tu bien faire?

Commissioned by Monica Whicher. First performed by Monica Whicher and Rachel Gawk, Debut Atlantic Series, March 1993.

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The Second Dip (1993)
Mezzo-soprano, flute, ‘cello and piano
  1. 1. Rattle on the Stovepipe
  2. 2. She’s like the Swallow
  3. 3. The Farmer’s Curst Wife

First performed by Martha Swanston, Susan Hoeppner and Ron Laurie with the composer at the piano at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, on September 26, 1993.

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My Fancy Late and Early (A Maiden’s life and love in Canadian folk song) Op. 22 (2003)
Soprano and Piano
  1. Prelude: Salish Song of Longing (Fancy awakes)
  2.  
  3. I. The Jolly Raftsman O (Young MacDonald)
  4. II. She’s Like the Swallow (Who Is At My Window Weeping?)
  5. III. I Died My Petticoat Red
  6. IV. An Old Man He Courted Me
  7.  
  8. Epilogue: Come All Ye Old Comrades

Commissioned by soprano Ingrid Attrott and pianist Rachel Andrist. First performed by the commissioners at the Theatre de Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium on March 31, 2003.

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Canadian Water Music (Aquatic Songs of the Canadian People, Old and New) (2010)
Soprano, Baritone and Piano
  1. I. The Log Driver’s Waltz (by Wade Helmsworth)
  2. II. Song for the Mira (by Allister McGilvary)
  3. III. The Mary Ellen Carter (by Stan Rogers)
  4. IV. I Wish I Had a River * (by Joni Mitchell)
  5. V. The Banks of Newfoundland (Traditional)

Arrangements and Transcription * commissioned by the premier performers Martha Guth, soprano, Tyler Duncan, baritone & Erika Switzer, pianist and first performed at Ravna House, Snow Lake, MB, Canada on January 17, 2011.

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Vienna, my City of Dreams (1980)
SMTB and Piano
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Dancing Cheek to Cheek (1984)
Soprano and ‘cello quartet (octet)
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Four Popular Christmas Songs (1984-6)
SATB a cappella
  1. 1. Winter Wonderland
  2. 2. The Christmas Song
  3. 3. Jingle Bell Rock
  4. 4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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Two Cole Porter Songs (1985-6)
Medium Voice and Piano
  1. 1. The Tale of the Oyster
  2. 2. Kate the Great
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An Evening with Noel Coward (1985)
SMTB, Narrator and Piano
  1. Waltz Overture*
  2. 1. Together with Music
  3. 2. Medley: The early years*
  4. 3. Someday I’ll find you
  5. 4. I’ll Follow my Secret Heart
  6. 5. You Were There
  7. 6. Any Little Fish
  8. 7. I’ll See You Again
  9. 8. I’ve Been Invited/Charming
  10. 9. I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party
  11. 10. Mad About the Boy
  12. 11. London at Night
  13. 12. London Pride
  14. 13. Mad Dogs and Englishmen Entr’acte (Play, Orchestra, Play)*
  15. 14. This is a Changing World/Where are the Songs we Sung?
  16. 15. World Weary
  17. 16. Mrs. Worthington*
  18. 17. Why does Love get in the Way?
  19. 18. Why do the Wrong People Travel?
  20. 19. Time and Again
  21. 20. A Bar on the Piccola Marina
  22. 21. If Love were All
  23. 22. The Party’s Over Now

Commissioned by Centre Stage Music, Toronto. First performed by Katherine Terrell, Janet Stubbs, Mark Dubois, Mark Pedrotti and John Neville with the arranger at the piano at the Jane Mallett Theatre, Toronto in April 1985.

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An Evening with Noel Coward (1987 Rev.)
SMTB, Narrator, violin, ‘cello & piano

The revised version with Barry Shiffman, violin and Julie Bowkun, ‘cello was presented in the Blume Appel Theatre, Toronto, for a short run in September 1987.

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Two Popular French Songs (1987)
Soprano and String Quartet
  1. 1. Plaisir d’Amour
  2. 2. La Vie en Rose

Commissioned by Rosemarie Landry

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Petit Homage a Edith Piaf (1990)
Soprano, cl, string quartet and piano

Commissioned by Rosemarie Landry. First performed by Rosemarie Landry, James Campbell, Andre Laplante and the Arther LeBlanc Quartet for the 1990 Festival Acadien in Caraquet, NB and recorded at that time for CBC broadcast.

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Als Luise (W.A. Mozart, K. 520) (1987)
Soprano, fl, 2ob, 2cls, 2bsns, hn, tpt, perc, strings
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The Tale of the Oyster (C. Porter) (1987)
Med voice, fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, perc, strings
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La Bonne Cuisine (L. Bernstein) (1987)
Med voice, fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, perc, strings
  1. 1. Plum Pudding
  2. 2. Oxtail Stew
  3. 3. Tavouk Guenksis
  4. 4. Rabbit at Top Speed

Commissioned by Diane Loeb.

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Five Advertising Songs (1987)
Med voice, double winds and brass, perc, strings
  1. 1. Make this a day of Pepsodent
  2. 2. And then her Doctor told her...
  3. 3. Snowy White
  4. 4. No More Shiny Nose
  5. 5. Children Cry for Castoria!

Commissioned by Diane Loeb.

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Vienna, my City of Dreams (R. Sieczyski) (1989)
SMTB, dbl winds, 4hns, glocknspl, harp, strings
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Songs of Travel (R. Vaughan Williams) (2012)
Baritone (or Tenor), String Quartet and Piano

First three songs commissioned by John King. Premiered on the Doctoral recital of tenor Gregory Turay with the arranger at the piano in Coleman Recital Hall at Transylvania University, Lexington, KY on February 11, 2014.

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Vier Letzte Lieder (by Richard Strauss) (2014)
Soprano, String Quartet and Piano

First performer on the Doctoral recital of soprano Shareese Arnold with the arranger at the piano in Singletary Recital Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY on April 19, 2014.

"Greer's scoring is light and unobtrusive, allowing the music to speak and come alive."

Musical Toronto

"John Greer is building a musical career of considerable consequence."

Whole Note Magazine, 2001

"Composer, arranger, music director/conductor/teacher and collaborative pianist, John Greer epitomizes the complete working musician."

Whole Note Magazine, 2001