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David L. McIntyre: Biography

David L. McIntyre
1950 -
Region: Prairie

David L. McIntyre

Playful and witty, passionate and tuneful, rhythmic, tender and moving - all describe the music of David Leroy McIntyre. Since the 1970s he has created an impressive body of concert, pedagogical, and church music that continues to be received enthusiastically by performers and audiences alike. Whether music for solo piano or organ, voice or chorus, chamber ensemble or full orchestra, it is a music that stirs deep emotion, hope and zest for life.

Performers appreciate McIntyre's music for its sensitivity to the nature of their instruments. He is a professional pianist; his keyboard works are meticulously crafted, sophisticated, and nuanced. His Second Piano Sonata was commissioned by MusiCanada 2000 for Angela Hewitt. His Piano Concerto, premiered in 2003, was written for Catherine Vickers of Germany. Butterflies & Bobcats for solo piano, commissioned by the 2004 Eckhardt-Grammaté National Music Competition and Slam Dunk Dancing for American pianist Jo Boatright have delighted audiences across North America.

For three years McIntyre served as Composer-in-Residence with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. This position (funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board) enabled him to create several exciting new orchestral works, all premiered by the RSO. His Symphony No. 1 and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra were broadcast on the CBC's Symphony Hall.

Perhaps his favourite genre is chamber music with piano. He has written striking concert sonatas for most orchestral instruments with piano, from a Tuba Sonata for John Griffiths to the Second Violin Sonata for Erika Raum. As a member of the trio Contrasts, with violinist Eduard Minevich and clarinetist Pauline Minevich, David has recently written Hybrids and Chocolates, two very different works that appear regularly on their programs.

His love of literature is evident in his vibrant vocal and choral settings. He has created works based on Shakespearean and Biblical texts, and the poems of fine Canadian writers such as John Hicks, Tom Moore, Lois Simmie, and Anne Szumigalski. His 1998 opera Sea Change was written in collaboration with librettist Joanne Gerber. His work as vocal accompanist/collaborator has inspired him to write for singers such as Lynn Channing, William Clark, Floyd Gadd, Catherine May, and Ben Heppner. He has recorded CDs with both Lynn Channing and William Clark.

McIntyre has received commissions for choral music from the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, the Ottawa Cantata Singers, the Elizabethan Singers of Regina, the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and several churches throughout North America. Watershed Stories - a stirring work that chronicles the experiences of gay and lesbian people - was commissioned by Regina's Prairie Pride Chorus and continues to electrify audiences across the country.

A visceral, kinetic quality in David's music has moved him to collaborate with a number of dancers and choreographers including Peggy Baker, Connie Moker-Wernikowski, Elaine Hanson, and Robin Poitras to produce dramatic new performance works.

McIntyre's catalogue of published works continues to grow: his publishers include Alberta Keys, Calgary (albertakeys@shaw.ca); Blis Music, Brandon (fordr@brandonu.ca); Fred Bock, California (sbock@fredbock.com); and Roy Street Music, Regina (dmcintyre@sasktel.net).

David is a prairie boy. Born in Edmonton in 1950, McIntyre began piano studies with Roy Morden, his uncle, at four years of age in Saskatoon. After completing his ARCT in 1969 he studied piano and composition at the University of Calgary (B.Mus.), The Banff Centre, and the University of Southern Mississippi (M.Mus.). He counts pianist Boris Roubakine and composer Luigi Zaninelli among his most influential mentors.

Since 1976 McIntyre has lived and worked in Regina, teaching at the Canadian Bible College until 1995, as well as at the University of Regina. Primarily a freelance composer and pianist, he is also an occasional conductor, organist, harpsichordist and adjudicator. His love of gardening, cooking, languages, birding, and architecture complement his creative work.

Feb 2005


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