Farewell Malcolm Forsyth, a longtime friend of Canadian Brass
The Canadian Brass is very sad to hear about the passing of Malcolm Forsyth. Malcolm was a longtime friend of the Brass as well as composer of great importance in its history–his “Golyardes Grounde” is now recognized as a standard work in the brass quintet repertoire. In fact, it was this piece that became the example of Canadian composition on our first visit to China in 1977.
We first met Malcolm in the early 70′s at the Banff Centre. The electricity amongst us was immediate since he was not only a wonderful composer but a fine trombonist. We spent many, many hours over the years discussing the future of brass ensembles as a legitimate member of the chamber music world, the possibilities within the classical music world for brass and the challenges around being taken seriously after missing the Beethoven & Haydn eras. Because of his compositional skills, and particularly the intimate knowledge of brass instruments, he was able to create masterpieces that will help ensure a long life for the brass ensemble.
Malcolm, your work lives on in a remarkable catalog of major compositions!