Eldin Burton

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Born: 1913 — Georgia — USA
Died: 1979
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Flute Concerto

My flute teacher has a copy of the concerto... it is very much not a good piece. It seems like he struggled a lot while writing it and is nothing compared to the Sonatina. I think the library of the National Flute Association has a copy that you can borrow if you write to them.

[by “Anonymous” on 2013-12-29 22:07:20]
Seeking information about Eldin Burton

I am working on a project related to Eldin Burton in NYC. I am particularly seeking photographs and biographical information and have questions about the unpublished flute concerto which is mentioned in a couple of internet sources. Any leads would be much appreciated!

[by “Anonymous” on 2013-11-14 15:22:59]

Was Eldin Burton associated with any religion?

[by “Anonymous” on 2013-09-13 18:37:03]

Eldin Burton is my great uncle .Brother of my grandfather Uncle Eldin died in March of 1981 not in 1979.Though I never met him he was well know in the family as he kept in touch with my grandmother who told us about him. I have just heard his music for the first time It took my breath away.

[by “Anonymous” on 2012-06-03 19:57:58]


His ‘Sonatina’ for flute & piano is his best-known work - it’s an arrangement of a piano piece written as an exercise on a Juilliard School composition course. His flute concerto, written later, was never published and he seems to have given up composing, so the sonatina is just about his only work still in the repertoire nowadays.


Burton was a pianist who had ambitions as a composer, and took the first steps by enrolling on a composition course at the Juilliard School in New York. The flute sonatina (which was a re-arranged version of a piano piece) later won the Composition Contest of the New York Flute CLub in 1948. Burton gave the first performance with the flautist Samuel Baron, and as the contest’s first prize was an offer of publication by Schirmer, the work survived in the repertory. Burton later took a job with Schirmer and se ems not have have composed very much more. He retired to Florida and died in 1979.

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