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E. Scott Wilkinson
1962 - 2011
E.S. Wilkinson
E. Scott Wilkinson (05/10/1962 - 24/10/2011), a Canadian composer. He began his musical training as a classical guitarist at the age of six. After completing a Music Degree in both Performance and Composition at the University of Toronto in Canada, Mr. Wilkinson was invited to move to Havana to continue his studies in composition with the celebrated Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, who had first heard the young composer's work highlighted as part of 1984 Carrefour Mondial de la Guitare in Martinique. While living in the Caribbean, Scott was asked to compose his first large orchestral work for the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. What resulted was Symphony of the North (1987) which quickly garnered him a national young composer's award back in Canada. The song cycle Songs of a Thousand Paper Cranes brought his work to the attention of his next influential teacher, the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, who would later be instrumental in introducing Wilkinson's work to European audiences.
Obituary for Scott Wilkinson
It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of E. Scott Wilkinson after a short illness in Cherité Hospital (Berlin), on October 24, 2011 at the age of 49. Lovingly remembered by his mother Elsie, his sister Terry (Bill), and brother Wayne (Diane), Scott is also fondly missed by his nephews Christopher, Timothy, and Patrick as well as many other family and friends in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, and other countries. He was predeceased by his father Albert. Scott was born in North Bay on October 5, 1962. During his youth, he was a proud member of the North Bay Boys’ Choir, and studied and taught classical guitar at Music City for several years. After graduating from Widdifield Secondary School, he attended the Faculties of Music and Education at the University of Toronto where he earned degrees in music performance, composition, French, and education. An excellent composer, conductor, and teacher, he will be missed by the music communities that he impacted throughout his life. Scott taught for the Toronto District School Board before moving to Germany where he taught at the Frankfurt International School, and subsequently at the Schiller School in Berlin. He was a guest conductor with a number of orchestras, including the Vorpommern-Mecklenburg Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony and more recently the Bucharest-Radio-Symphony, the Bulgarian State Opera, and the International Symphony Orchestra in Sarnia, Ontario. Scott will be remembered for his creative musicality, love of learning and teaching, and a sharp-witted sense of humour. A memorial service will be held at the Martyn Funeral Home in North Bay on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Canadian Music Centre (https://dues.musiccentre.ca/node/25), or the Canadian Lung Association would be appreciated.
Composed in:1991
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Alberto Manguel
Requiem (1991), a large orchestral/choral work premiered by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1992 was pivotal in bringing Scott to New York at the invitation of American composer John Corigliano whose own Symphony No. 1 (inspired by similar topics as was Requiem), had left a deep impression with him.
It is for Boy soprano, soprano, tenor, baritone, SATB chorus/timp, perc/strings.
Words principally in English by Alberto Manguel (born 1948, an Argentinian writer).
A. Manguel