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Srul Irving Glick

Srul Irving GlickSRUL IRVING GLICK (1934 – 2002) was one of Canada’s most prominent and prolific composers having written in most major forms including chamber, oratorio, orchestral, vocal and choral.

Mr. Glick grew up in Toronto where, from an early age, he was immersed in music. His brother Norman was an accomplished clarinetist, and his father was a cantor, singing the prayers at synagogue and at home. As a boy, Mr. Glick sang in his father’s choir, and he spent hours listening to the great composers of the past. He was especially fond of Chopin and the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies. At age 12, Mr. Glick began studying piano when his family bought an upright Heintzman, and within a few short years, he passed his grade eight exam. Mr. Glick commented that he was so nervous during his exam that his legs shook the entire time. He knew he didn’t want to be a concert pianist. However, he knew quite definitively, from the age of 15, that he wanted to be a composer. For the rest of his life he dedicated himself to this craft, composing most of his music on this piano.

Mr. Glick received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition and theory at the University of Toronto. He continued his studies in Aspen and then in Paris with such masters as Darius Milhaud, Louis Saguer and Max Deutsch.

After completing his studies, and all the while composing, Mr. Glick joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1962 where he worked as classical music producer until 1986. His involvement at the CBC in the field of production, recordings and programming won him seven Grand Prix du Disque and a Juno Award.

Glick was also choir director and Composer in Residence with Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto between 1969 and 2002. It was there that he composed the majority of his liturgical music. In addition, Mr. Glick served as program director of Jewish Music Toronto for four years and the program director of Musica Beth Tikvah. He taught music theory and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music and York University.

In 1992, in honor of Canada’s 125th Anniversary of Confederation, Mr. Glick received a Governor General’s medal for his “contribution to Canadian culture.” In 1994, Mr. Glick was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his “outstanding achievement, service to Canada and to humanity at large.” In 2000, Mr. Glick received the extraordinary Yuval Award, presented by the Cantor’s Assembly of America, for his “lifelong commitment to the composition of music that captures the heart and touches the soul.”

(Source: Composer’s website)

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