John Rea (composer)

John Rocco Rea ( born January 14, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario ) is a Canadian composer.

Rea studied with John Weinzweig, Gustav Ciamaga, Milton Babbitt and Peter Westergaard. In 1968 he was awarded the PRO Canada Award for composition students, in the following year he won The Days / Les Jours third prize in the International Competition of ballet music in Switzerland.

In the following years Rea has received numerous commissions, including from the University of Toronto ( The Prisoners Play, 1972), the York Winds ( Reception and Offering Music, 1976), the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec ( stair Music, 1982) and the National Youth Orchestra ( Vanishing Points, 1983). For Com -possession, was commissioned by the CBC Jules Léger Prize he received for chamber music, which was the second time in 1992 awarded him for objets Perdus.

Since 1973 teaches Rea composition, music theory and history at McGill University, where he was from 1976 to 1981 and Dean of the Faculty of Music. In 1979 he was one of the founding members of the Society for Contemporary Music Les Événements du Neuf After a stay in Berlin 1979-80 he was composer in residence in 1984 in Mannheim and 1984 Composer at the summer music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena in Residence.

Rea composed chamber music, electroacoustic works, ballets, incidental music, orchestral and choral works. Great attention was his Neuorchestrierung of Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck, which premiered in 1995. He also wrote a series of music theory articles, and one of the editors of the French-language magazine for new music Circuit.


  • Sonatina for Flute and Piano, 1965
  • Piece for Chamber Orchestra, 1967
  • Prologue, Scene and Movement ( classical Latin palindrome ) for soprano, viola and two pianos, 1968
  • Sestina for chamber ensemble, 1968
  • Fantaisies and / et Allusions for saxophone quartet and Snare Drum, 1969
  • The Days / Les Jours, Ballet, 1969
  • What You Will for Piano 2 or 4 hands, 1969
  • S.P.I. 51 for tape, 1969
  • STER 1.3 for tape, 1969
  • Anaphora for chamber ensemble, 1970
  • Anaphora II for piano, 1971
  • The Prisoners Play, Children's Opera, 1973
  • Reception and Offering Music ' anaphora IV' for wind quintet and percussion, 1975
  • Jeux de Scène ' fantaisie - homage to Richard Wagner ' for horn, oboe, cello, piccolo, flute, piano, marimba, chimes and three blacksmith anvil, 1976
  • Hommage à Vasarely for orchestra, 1977
  • Wings ... of silence ... for chamber ensemble and tape, 1978
  • Com -possession ' Daemonic after images in the theater of transitory states ' for two chamber ensemble, 1980
  • Les Blues d' Orphée for flute, clarinet, viola, cello and piano, 1981
  • La Dernière Sirene for ondes Martenot and percussion, 1981
  • Médiator '... pincer la musique aujourd'hui ' for chamber ensemble, 1981
  • Stairs music for saxophone quartet, four clarinets, violin, viola, cello, double bass and tape, 1982
  • Vanishing Points for orchestra, 1983
  • Le Petit Livre des ' Ravalet ' for historical instruments, tape and four narrators, 1983
  • Litaneia (after Aristophanes ) for mixed choir and orchestra, 1984
  • Glide reflection for two clarinets and two cellos, 1984
  • Les Raisons des Forces Mouvantes for flute, alto flute and string quartet, 1984
  • Spin for string quartet and piano, 1984
  • La capra che suona for ten saxophones, 1985
  • Some Time Later for string quartet, 1986
  • Open song for two sopranos and Clarinet, 1986
  • Orchestration of Claude Vivier's Pulau Dewata, 1986
  • Overtime for orchestra, 1987
  • Time and Again for orchestra, 1987
  • Brass Communicants, Fanfare for twelve horns and four percussionists, 1987
  • Big Apple Jam for saxophone quartet and tape, 1987-91
  • DOWNSTREAM Métal for chamber orchestra, 1988
  • Kubla Khan for chamber ensemble, 1989
  • Portrait of a Man in Elysian Fields " Homage to Morton Feldman " for piano, 1989
  • Las Meninas 21 Variations on Schumann's Kinderszenen for piano, 1990-91
  • Objets Perdus, Streichquartatt, 1992
  • Une Fleur du mal for soprano, clarinet, cello and percussion, 1992
  • Canto di Beatrice, melodrama for two sopranos and two cellos, 1992
  • Débâcle for chamber orchestra, 1992
  • Neuorchestrierung of Alban Berg's Wozzeck, 1992-95
  • A rolling stone ...! for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello, 1993
  • Zefiro torna for orchestra, 1994
  • One after the other! for chamber orchestra, 1994
  • Alma & Oskar ( melodrama from beyond the grave) for voice and piano, 1995
  • Plus que la plus que lente for alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion and conductor, 1996
  • Incidental music to Les trois jours de derniers Fernando Pessoa by Antonio Tabucchi, 1997
  • Great Stones for chamber choir, 1997
  • Études multiples for wind quintet and piano, 1997
  • Urfaust - tragédie subjective (after Goethe and Pessoa ), incidental music, 1999
  • Bettina, melodrama for voice and piano, 1999
  • Alexina Louie Neuorchestrierung of O Magnum Mysterium - In Memoriam Glenn Gould, 1999
  • Lautari, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, 1999-2000
  • Music, Accor ding to Aquinas for chamber choir, two clarinets and cello, 2000
  • Sacrée Landowska, musical theater, 2001
  • Incidental music to Catoblepas Gaëtan Soucy, 2001
  • J'ignore j'étais si un homme rêvant alors que un papillon j'étais, ou si je suis à présent un papillon rêvant que je suis un homme for 27 players and Disklavier, 2001
  • Homme / Papillon for orchestra, 2002
  • Submerge for Oboe and Piano, 2002
  • Canadian Composer
  • Born in 1944
  • Man