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Available Expert - An award winning composer from Queen’s University Honours Remembrance Day through Music

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

 Queen’s University assistant professor and Canadian composer Dean Burry is available to comment on his brand new, four-movement work for full orchestra reflecting on the war art of renowned painter Alex Colville. Entitlted “Tracing Colville”, the music was inspired by Dr. Burry’s recent trip to Europe.

"It was amazing to think that I was standing at exactly the same spot where Alex Colville created his war sketches seventy-five years ago” says Dr. Burry.  “A different time, for sure but I couldn’t help but think about the ways things have changed for the better over that time…and perhaps the things we still really need to work on.  As I was sitting on the north end of Nijmegen Bridge I heard the bells from three different churches ring out and ideas for the symphonic work began to form.  Following Colville’s path through Europe, this happened again and again. The music is really a travel diary of our shared experiences."


The composition commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and in honour of Remembrance Day, Tracing Colville was recorded remotely and individually by over 40 musicians in the Kingston Symphony and four musicians in the Sinfonia Rotterdam while in isolation in their homes.

To watch the premiere, please visit https://youtu.be/BLZXp0QU61w.

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