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Memorable Manitobans: Robert C. Turner (1920-2012)

Music composer.

Born at Montreal, Quebec in 1920, he studied piano at an early age and recevied a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University. He studied music composition at the Royal College of Music in London and at George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His first major composition, String Quartet No. 1, written in 1949, was premiered by conductor Aaron Copland. He later composed operas, concertos, symphonies, and string quartets. He joined the Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba in 1968, retiring in 1985. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2003. He died at Winnipeg on 26 January 2012.


“Music professor composed more than 70 works”, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 2012, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2019

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