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David Duke

David Gordon Duke was born in Vancouver and studied musicology at UBC, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Victoria. He studied composition privately with Jean Coulthard and, at the Banff Centre, Violet Archer.

He has written many pieces for learners, including the Waterloo piano publications Music of Our Time, A Student’s Guide to Musical Form, Magical

Years of the Chinese, and Special Days. Frederick Harris has published his works in the Encore Series for violin and piano, and many of his works are listed in the syllabi of the Royal Conservatory, Conservatory Canada, the Canadian Conservatory, and Contemporary Showcase 2005.

His concert music has been performed by Jon Kimura Parker, Desmond Hoebig, and Stephen Isserlis, and ensembles such as the Toledo Symphony, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and the Circle Singers of Washington, D.C., (who recorded his 3 madrigals Lions, Tygers, and Bears). His Canticle for strings was recently put on CD by the Vancouver Symphony. He has been composer in residence for the BC Boys Choir, the Langley Community Music School, and Studea Musica.

He has written and broadcast extensively about Canadian music and composers-most recently a biography of Jean Coulthard with co-author William Bruneau. He was head of the School of Music at Vancouver Community College until early 2004


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