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« John Beckwith, the prominent Canadian composer with a career spanning seven decades, died in Toronto on Dec. 5 at the age of 95. He succumbed to complications following a recent fall, according to his son, Larry Beckwith.

Over his long career, John Beckwith composed more than 160 works, including four operas, a dozen orchestral compositions, and numerous chamber, choral and vocal pieces.

Beckwith was equally illustrious as an educator, with a 38-year teaching career at the University of Toronto, including a stint as dean of the faculty of music from 1970-77. He was also the first director of U of T’s Institute for Canadian Music. His former students comprise a who’s who of current Canadian composers: Alice Ping-Yee Ho, John Burge, James Rolfe, Omar Daniel and Bruce Mather, to name only a few… »