Peters, Randolph (b. December 28, 1959, Winnipeg). Canadian composer of mostly stage and orchestral works that have been performed throughout the Americas.
Mr. Peters studied composition with John Eaton at Indiana University from 1981-87, where he earned his MMus and DMus.
Among his honors are a Major Arts Grant from the Manitoba Arts Council (1994) and the Artist of the Year Award from the Canadian Opera Company (1999, shared with the creative team of The Golden Ass). He has also received ACTRA (1986, for Tramp at the Door), Gemini (1994, for The Diviners), Blizzard (1997, for Heck's Way Home), and Dora (1999, for The Golden Ass) award nominations.
He served as composer-in-residence to the Canadian Opera Company from 1990-93, which commissioned his first opera Nosferatu. He then served as composer-in-residence to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2001 and organized its annual new music festival.
He has received commissions from the Canadian Opera Company, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Penderecki String Quartet, trombonist Alain Trudel, the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
He is currently finishing a new opera, Inanna's Journey (libretto by Margaret Atwood), which will be premièred in a new opera house by the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto in 2006.
In addition to the works listed below, Mr. Peters has composed much incidental music for stage productions.
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SELECT LIST OF WORKS (dates given are those of première)
STAGE: Nosferatu (opera, libretto by Maer Powell), 12 soloists, small orchestra (17 players), tape, 1993 (also version of some themes as Paradoxes of the Heart; one section may be performed separately: Camilla's Lament); The Golden Ass (opera, libretto by Robertson Davies), 6 soloists, 7 dancers, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1999
ORCHESTRAL: Dreaming-tracks, orchestra, tape, 1991; Paradoxes of the Heart, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, string orchestra, 1992, revised 2000 (version of some themes from Nosferatu); The ADVENTURES of PianoWoman!® (concerto), piano, orchestra, 1994; Tango, string orchestra, 1997 (version of string quartet work); The Orpheus Interludes, 1997; The Seven Gates of Kur (concerto), trombone, brass band, 2000; Concerto for Orchestra, 2001; Butterfly Wings and Tropical Storms, 2002
CHAMBER MUSIC: Three quarks for Muster Mark!, soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone), baritone saxophone, piano, 1990 (also version for flute [+ piccolo], cello, piano, 1990); Tango, string quartet, 1991 (also version for string orchestra); Juggernaut, electric string quartet, tape, 1993
CHORAL: Keys to the Unseen (text by Salman Rushdie), children's chorus, mixed chorus, organ, percussion, string orchestra, 1999
VOCAL: Camilla's Lament, soprano, piano, synthesizer, vibraphone, 1994 (section of Nosferatu; may be performed separately); Survivors (text from the Mass), mezzo-soprano, string quartet, 1994; Looking for the Harmonies (vocalise), mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, 2 guitars, double bass, piano, accordion, percussion, 1996
PIANO: Meditation and Celebration, 1982
FILM SCORES (DIRECTOR): Crime Wave, 1986 (John Paizs); Tramp at the Door, 1986 (Allan Kroeker); Mr. Nobody, 1987 (Lyn Wright); A House Divided, 1988 (Lyn Wright); The Old Believers, 1988 (John Paskievich); Kamik, 1989 (Elise Swerhone); Lost in the Barrens, 1990 (Michael Scott); Smoked Lizard Lips, 1991 (M.B. Duggan); Curse of the Viking Grave, 1991 (Michael Scott); The Diviners, 1992 (Anne Wheeler); Heck's Way Home, 1995 (Michael Scott); The True Story of Linda M., 1995 (Norma Bailey); For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down, 1996 (Norma Bailey); Me, My Brother and My Father's Van Gogh, 2000 (Elise Swerhone); Edge of Madness, 2002 (Anne Wheeler); The Pacifist Who Went to War, 2002 (David Neufeld); Cowboys and Indians: the shooting of JJ Harper, 2003 (Norma Bailey)
TV PRODUCTIONS (DIRECTOR): Capital, 1981 (Allan Kroeker; collaboration with Dan Donahue); The Prodigal, 1984 (Allan Kroeker); Cages, 1984 (Michael Scott); In the Fall, 1984 (Allan Kroeker); Carried Away, 1985 (animation); Places Not Our Own, 1986 (Derek Mazur); St. Nicholas and the Children, 1988 (George Bloomfield); Now and Then, 1989 (Elise Swerhone; collaboration with Pierre Guerin); Welcome Home Hero, 1990 (Nancy Botkin); Dance to Remember, 1990 (Nancy Botkin); My Life as a Dog, 1995-96; The Atwood Stories, 2002
(Last updated on July 13, 2003)