A Beckett Miscellany


Instrumental Selection by Ronald Beckett


A collection of suites, epilogues, fantasias, dances, toccatas, and trios – charming and lyrical works performed with bubbly energy. 

“Listening to these charming suites, epilogues, fantasias, dances, toccatas, and trios by Canadian composer Ronald Beckett makes one realize just how far the neo-tonal counter-revolution has come. Written over a 23-year period, these are cheery, player-friendly “works to be shared” (in the composer’s words) employing baroque counterpoint, occasional minirealist rhythms, and lots of diatonic tunes. Arcady, a chamber group founded by Beckett himself, plays with bubbly energy.” – American Record Guide

“He has drive, energy, movement and motion all bundled up in old and new style writing that never leaves you bored.” – George Sandford, 701.com

“This CD demonstrates his solid craftsmanship and pleasant nature as a composer. Mr. Beckett should be commended for his creativity and obvious mastery at bringing people together to make music: a positive force.” – Larry Beckwith, WholeNote

“…intellectually stimulating music that is fun and pleasant to listen to.” – Murray Charters, Brantford Expositor

“Listeners who sometimes despair when listening to new music will delight in the beautifully lyrical music comprising A Beckett Miscellany.” – Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Genre: Classical: Woodwind Quintet / Release Date: 2002