May I cordially invite you to enter into my creative world – which began when I was an infant.My parents told me the first words to come out of my mouth were colours: “blue… green…yellow…” My mother was a singer and I was weaned on her favorite aria – Puccini’s Un bel di. As a young child I played that recording loudly, repeatedly, jumping back and forth from stuffed chair to chesterfield exploring a sensation of suspended motion in time to music. The writing was on the wall.
Childhood weekends during the war years were spent in the forest building the family cabin on Mt. Seymour. My brother and I would wander away from the building site and find hidden streams to play in. I was fascinated by the sounds I could make by moving the rocks in the water. We took a powdered Klim milk can and with a can opener made a water wheel. By creating different falls in the stream for the wheel I could change the sound. Even today the stream theme is present. In my garden. I built a thirty foot waterfall incorporating a series of falls into ponds that eventually spill into a koi pond. Each spring I tune the waterfall.
The sounds, shapes and colours from the mountain streams that I played in have become an inspirational foundation for much of my music, including my recent songs and cycles which set poems by Canada’s Betsy Warland, Dorothy Livesay, Robin Blaser, and Marilyn Lerch. Music is my language and songs allow me to express and communicate how written words make me feel.
The ultimate gift for me is to bring people together so they can hear and feel something that is, perhaps, sensual. When the individuals’ experience begins I feel I have done what I set out to do – to bring people of all ages and cultures together to experience something deep within us all.
For me, if the music doesn’t touch my heart as well as my intellect, I let it go. I hope my music touches both your heart and your intellect. Explore this website to discover my music. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of my performances.
Lloyd Burritt was born in Vancouver and has resided most of his life in the region. He received his M.Mus from the University of British Columbia while studying with Jean Coulthard and Cortland Hultberg. On fellowship with the Royal College of Music (London) he studied with Gordon Jacob and Herbert Howells and on a Fromm Fellowship at the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood, USA) with Lorna Cooke DeVaron, Iva Dee Hiatt, Leonard Bernstein and Eric Leinsdorf.
Lloyd has composed in a wide variety of musical idioms, producing electronic music and numerous choral works as well as major orchestral works and opera. He is currently writing his second opera while premiering songs and cycles based on poetry by Canada’s Dorothy Livesay, Robin Blaser and Marilyn Lerch. A comprehensive list of all Lloyd’s works can be found on this website and at the Canadian Music Centre.
Recent Featured Works include:
- The Woman I Am and Moon Loves Its Light for soprano and piano
- Winter Words In A Dark Love Song for mezzo soprano, piano and english horn
- We Move Homeward for mezzo soprano, SATB and piano
- Image-Nation for tenor, piano and english horn
- Moth Poem for baritone and piano
Catalogued Works include special projects such as:
- Song for Marshall McLuhan for the National Youth Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to open the Canada Pavilion at Expo 86
- The Dream Healer, an opera in two acts, for UBC Opera Ensemble with David Agler conducting the UBC Orchestra featuring Simone Osborne, soprano; Judith Forst, mezzo soprano; Roelof Oostwoud, tenor; and John Avey, baritone; with set design by Robert Gardiner premiered in March 2008;
- numerous Song Cycles written for and premiered by the Vancouver International Song Institute from 2009 to the present.
Read Lloyd’s entry at the Canadian Music Encyclopedia.