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Srul Irving Glick

Srul Irving (b Israel) Glick. Composer, radio producer, conductor, teacher, b Toronto 8 Sep 1934, d Toronto 17 Apr 2002; B MUS (Toronto) 1955, M MUS (Toronto), honorary FRCCO (1993).
Glick, Srul
Glick's popular music is direct and emotional in its appeal. The music is an excerpt from his Sing Unto the Lord a New Song, performed by the Elmer Iseler Singers (courtesy CBC).

Glick, Srul Irving

Srul Irving (b Israel) Glick. Composer, radio producer, conductor, teacher, b Toronto 8 Sep 1934, d Toronto 17 Apr 2002; B MUS (Toronto) 1955, M MUS (Toronto), honorary FRCCO (1993). His father, David (b Kishinev, Russia, 15 Apr 1898, d Toronto 29 Jan 1991), emigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto in 1924 and was a cantor in several of that city's synagogues; his brother Norman (b Toronto 1 Jan 1928) has been active as a professional clarinetist. Both the cantorial music of his father and the classical repertoire played by his brother had a significant influence on Glick's later development as a composer. Glick studied composition at the University of Toronto, for two summers in the 1950s with Milhaud in Aspen, and 1959-60 with Louis Saguer and Max Deutsch in Paris. From 1962 to 1986 he was a CBC radio music producer, responsible for the premieres of many Canadian compositions on such programs as 'Music Alive,' 'Themes and Variations,' 'CBC Tuesday Night,' and 'Music Toronto.' He was the producer for over 150 CBC recordings, including a Juno Award winner and several which received the Canadian Music Council's Grand prix du disque. Glick taught theory and composition 1963-9 at the RCMT, and 1985-6 at York University. In 1969 he became conductor of the choir at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Toronto (which recorded the privately distributed LP Music from the Jewish Liturgy); in 1978 he became the choir's composer-in-residence. He wrote liturgical music and Yiddish folk song arrangements for the choir and toured with it in Canada, Israel, and the USA. He also conducted the Chamber Players of Toronto for a recording of his Suite Hebraïque No. 2 and Gathering In.

Glick received his first commission in 1964; virtually all of his works were written on commission. He wrote Visions Through Darkness for the Elora Festival, Northern Sketches for Festival of the Sound, Psalm for Orchestra and Sonata for Orchestra for the Hamilton Philharmonic, Fantasy for the 1987 Montreal International Competition, String Quartet No. 1 for the Orford String Quartet, The Hour Has Come and Songs of Creation for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and The Reawakening for the TS. The CBC commissioned Glick to write ... i never saw another butterfly... for Maureen Forrester, Divertimento for the Thirteen Strings, Canticle of Peace for the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Four Songs for Tenor and Orchestra for Jon Vickers. Glick has also written works for the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Paul Brodie, Camerata, the Canadian Piano Trio, Daniel Domb, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Rivka Golani, Ofra Harnoy, the Kingston Symphony, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Oriana Singers (Toronto), Suzanne Shulman, the Toronto Children's Chorus, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and others. He also received US commissions, eg, from the Adath Jeshurun Synagogue Choir.

In his works of the 1960s Glick united lyricism with thick, polytonal textures, at times employing jazz idioms. From that point, most of his works incorporated Jewish subjects or folk materials. The song cycle ... i never saw another butterfly ... sets poems by Jewish children, many of whom died in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II. Heritage, commissioned by the New Dance Group of Canada in Toronto, is a ballet about the hardships of a Jewish immigrant family. In the early 1970s Glick experimented with a more contemporary language, employing note clusters, for example, but without discarding the emotional lyricism of his earlier works. In his later works he has achieved a synthesis of Jewish and classical musical traditions, creating from these two strains a personal idiom that is lyrical and direct in its emotional appeal. He composed almost 200 liturgical works, and was particularly known for his choral writing.

In 1989 RCI released a four-CD compilation of Glick's music (4-ACM 34). His works have been recorded by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Toronto Children's Chorus, Jon Vickers, and the Orford String Quartet. Toronto radio station CJRT broadcast a week-long examination of Glick's music in 1991. Glick continued active as a composer, lecturer, and conductor of his compositions until 2002. He was composer-in-residence at the Boris Brott Spring and Summer Festival in 1999; and was program director for two concert series, Jewish Music Toronto and Musica Beth Tikvah. Increasingly, his works have been heard in the USA (eg, at Kent State University and Minneapolis), and abroad, including Germany (Bonn 1999) and Australia (the Toronto Children's Chorus, Sydney 1999).

Glick was president 1966-9 of the CLComp and an associate of the Canadian Music Centre. For his contributions to Jewish music Glick received the J.I. Segal Award in 1972, the Kavod Award in 1982, and again in 2001, the Solomon Schechter International Award in 1985 and again in 1995, and the Yuvel Award in 2000. He received the Governor General's medal in 1993 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada the following year. He deposited his papers with the University of Calgary.

Glick was married to the pianist Dorothy Sandler Glick, and later to Sara Wunch.

Selected Compositions


Heritage. 1967. Chamb orch. Ms


Sinfonia Concertante. 1961. Str orch. Summit 1973, B&H 1985. RCA LSC-3128/RCI Expo 2/4-ACM 34 (CD) (McGill Chamb O)

Suite Hebraïque No. 1. 1961; arr clarinet (soprano saxophone) and piano 1963; string quartet 1964; string orch 1965. Orch or clarinet (soprano saxophone), piano or string quartet or string orch. B&H 1968 (clarinet, piano). (Cl, piano) Dom S-69004/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Galper clarinet)/(soprano saxophone, piano) Golden Crest RE-7049 (Brodie saxophone)

Danse Concertante No. 1 1963. Sm orch. Ms

Elegy. 1964. Orch. manuscript

Pan. 1966. Orch. Ms

Symphonies No. 1 and 2. 1966, 1967. Ms

Gathering In. 1970. Str orch. Summit 1972, B&H 1985. RCI 389/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Chamber Players of Toronto)

Psalm for Orchestra. 1971. Ms

Lamentations 'Sinfonia Concertante No. 2'. 1972. Str quartet, orch. Ms

Symphonic Elegy, with Line Drawing and Funeral March. 1974. Str orch. Ms

Concerto 'Shir Hamaalot - Song of Ascension'. 1976. Vn, orch. Ms. 4-ACM 34 (CD) (NACO, Prystawski violin)

Romance 'Song of Joy'. 1978. Pf, orch. Ms

Concerto. 1981. Va, string orch. Ms

Sonata for Orchestra 'Devequt'. 1982. Ms

Lament and Cantorial Chant. 1985. Va, string orch. Ms

Fantasy 'The Vision of Ezekiel'. 1986. Vn, orch. Ms. 4-ACM 34 (CD) (MSO)

Divertimento. 1987. Str orch. Ms

The Reawakening: A Symphonic Poem for Orchestra. 1991. Ms


Petite Suite pour flûte. 1960. GVT 1972. 2-Dom S-69006 (Aitken fl)

Danse Concertante No. 2. 1964. Fl, clarinet, trumpet, violoncello, piano. Ms

Sonatina for Jazz Sextet. 1965. Ms

Suite Hebraïque No. 2. 1969. Cl, string trio, piano. Ms. RCI-389/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Fenyves violin)

Suite Hebraïque No. 3. 1975. Str quartet. Ms

Prayer and Dance. 1975. Vc, piano. Ms. CBC SM-348/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Henig piano)

Suite Hebraïque No. 4. 1979. Alto saxophone (clarinet or viola), piano. Dorn 1991. Golden Crest RE-7090 (Brodie)

Suite Hebraïque No. 5. 1980. Fl, clarinet, violin, violoncello. Ms

Sonata. 1983. Fl, piano. Ms. RCI 646/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Shulman fl, Tryon piano)

String Quartet No. 1. 1984. Ms. 2-Centrediscs CMC-14-1584/RCI 585/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Orford String Quartet)

Suite Hebraïque No. 6. 1984. Vn, piano. Ms

Dance Suite. 1986. 2 guitar. Ms

... from out of the depths; mourning music for the six million ... 1986. Str quartet. Ms

Sonata. 1987. Ob, piano. Ms

Trio. 1988. Fl, viola, harp. Ms

Sonata. 1989. Vc, piano. Ms

Trio. 1990. Vn, violoncello, piano. Ms

Trio. 1990. Violin, cello, piano. Ms

String Quartet No. 2. 1994

Friendship Quintet. 1994. Piano, string quartet

The Klezmer's Wedding. 1996. Clarinet, violin, piano


Four Preludes. 1958. GVT 1968. Lon CTLS-5107 (Henig piano)

Song and Caprice. 1960. GVT 1968. (Caprice) Dom SF-69002 (Mould piano)

Seven Preludes and Ballade (1959). Both manuscript

Nistar (Secret) 'Fantaisie Élégiaque'. 1979. Ms

Voice and Choir

Anthropos in Transit (G. Vise). 1963. Bar, piano. Ms

Music for Passover (Passover 'Haggadah'). 1963. SATB, string quartet (string orch). Ms. 1978. Hal Roach Studios S-2/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Beth Tikvah Choir, Beth Tzedec Choral Group, Festival Str Quar, Glick conductor)

... i never saw another butterfly... (children's poems). 1968. Alto, chamber orch (piano). MCA 1972 (alto, piano version only). (Alto, piano version) CBC SM-77/Sel CC-15-073/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Forrester)

Hashirim asher L'Yisrael 'Liturgical Compositions for the Synagogue'. 1969-88. SATB (fl, clarinet, string quartet). (SATB version) Beth Tikvah Synagogue vol 1, 1988; vol 2, 1990

'Halleluyah' (Psalm 150). 1970. SATB. GVT 1981

Four Songs for Tenor and Orchestra (K. Patchen). 1972. Ms

Two Landscapes (K. Patchen). 1973. Ten, piano. CBC SM-180/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Vickers)

Yiddish Suite No. 1. 1979. SATB, violoncello (string quartet). Ms

I Breathe a New Song (Inuit). 1981. Cantor, SATB. Ms

Northern Sketches (D. Clenman). 1982. SATB, piano, violin, violoncello. GVT 1990. 4-ACM 34 (CD) (Elmer Iseler Singers)

The Hour Has Come 'A Choral Symphony' (C. Leckner). 1985. SATB, orch. (Vocal score) GVT 1987. (Finale) CBC SM-5054/4-ACM 34 (CD) (Tor Mendelssohn Choir)

Time Cycle 'Yiddish Suite No. 2' (P. Miransky). 1984. SATB, fl, clarinet, harp, string quartet. Ms

Four Yiddish Songs. 1986. Ten, viola, piano. Ms

Sing Unto The Lord a New Song (Psalms). 1986. SATB, harp (orch). GVT 1988

Canticle of Peace (Glick). 1987. SATB. Ms

If We Would But Listen (Glick), cantata. 1988. Narr, tenor, SATB, fl, clarinet, string quartet. Ms

Visions Through Darkness 'An Oratorio of Our Time' (Glick). 1988. Narr, mezzo, tenor, SATB, instr ensemble. Ms

Images at Nightfall, Georgian Bay (Glick). 1989. Sop, clarinet, piano. Ms

May the Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee (Bible). 1989. Chor. Waterloo 1991

Songs of Creation (R. Brin, Glick, R. Chester, L. Cohen, Psalm 140). 1989. Chor, brass quintet, 4 percussion, organ. Ms

The Flame is Not Extinguished (Glick, based on Exodus), oratorio. 1990. Ten, mezzo, female chorus, piano. Ms

Moments in Time (M. Waddington, A.M. Klein, J. Reaney, I. Layton, Glick). 1990. Children's chorus, piano. Ms

In Memoriam Leonard Bernstein (Psalm 23). 1993. SATB, piano

In Memory of Yitzhak Rabin: we miss you, shalom (D. Clenman). 1997. SATB, piano

Also over 100 pieces for SATB for use in the Synagogue. Ms. Some works recorded by Beth Tikvah Choir (Toronto)


'Sydney Hodkinson: Caricatures,' CMB, 1, Spring-Summer 1970

Further Reading