John Weinzweig

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Born: 11 March 1913 — Toronto — Canada
Died: 24 August 2006 — Toronto — Canada
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From 1941-51 Weinzweig composed much incidental music for CBC plays, etc. and film scores for the National Film Board. Since 1952 he has concentrated exclusively on concert music. Among his earlier successes are: Divertimento No. 1 for flute and string orchestra (1946), String quartet No. 2 (1952), Violin concerto (1951-54), and Wine of Peace (1957). Later works include Concerto for Harp & Chamber orchestra (1967) and a series of Divertimenti for solo instruments and chamber or string orchestra. From 1970 onwards Weinzweig has composed a number of theatre-oriented pieces such as Trialogue, Impromptus for piano and Private Collection.

Among works recorded on CD are:

  • Private Collection for Soprano & Piano and Contrasts for guitar (CMC CD 0582)
  • 18 pieces for guitar (Pal 01110-CD)
  • 15 pieces for harp (MVCD1029)
  • Red Ear of Corn for orchestra (1949)
  • Interlude in the Life of an Artist, string quartet (1943)

(Contribution by Judith Diane Smith <heyjude(at)>.)


Studied orchestration and composition with Bernard Rogers. Taught at Toronto Conservatory of Music 1939-43 and 1945-60. Co-founder of Canadian League of Composers in 1951. Faculty member of University of Toronto 1952-78.

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Dying days:
(1910) Maurice Ravel: Premiere of Ma Mère l'Oye for two pianos, in Paris, France.
(1958) Heitor Villa-Lobos: Premiere of Symphony no. 12, in Washington D.C., USA.
(1985) Alfred Schnittke: Premiere of Concerto Grosso no. 3, in Moscow, Russia.

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This photograph of Weinzweig was taken
on the night of the Beckwith recital.
Spring of 2003
Pentax SP; 1:1.8/55; No flash; 400ASA film
Photographer: John S. Gray (b. 1953)
(sent by John S. Gray)

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