FRASER LINKLATER MUSIC
DR. FRASER LINKLATER
Fraser Linklater is now retired from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba,
where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Chamber Winds and taught courses
in music education from 1999 to 2016.
At the provincial level, Dr. Linklater served on the Executive Board of the Manitoba Band
Association for almost two decades and coordinated all three levels of the MBA Honour Band
program. In October 2002, he received the MBA Award of Distinction for his services to music
education in Manitoba.
Nationally, Dr. Linklater is an assistant editor of Canadian Winds, the national journal of the Canadian Band Association. Over the past decade, Dr. Linklater has contributed over twenty articles to this journal. An authority on Canadian wind band repertoire, in addition to his writing on the topic Dr. Linklater founded the North Winds recording project, which has resulted in five CDs of Canadian band music featuring over eighty pieces, most of them never recorded before. In October 2014, Dr. Linklater was presented with the 2014 National Band Award by the Canadian Band Association, in recognition of outstanding contribution to band at the educational, community and professional level in Canada.
For almost a decade, Fraser Linklater was co-director (with Dale Lonis) of the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program, an international conducting and instrumental music education summer workshop. In May 2006 Dr. Linklater was the guest conductor of the National Youth Band of Canada and has also guest conducted wind groups several times at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.
During his time at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Linklater created almost twenty transcriptions of orchestral works for wind band, many of which he conducted with the U of M Wind Ensemble. More recently he has branched out into composition, and has produced several works for wind band using famous composers as both an inspiration and a point of departure. Dr. Linklater lives in Winnipeg with his wife Joan and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Fraser Linklater has written the following repertoire selections below for Band Directors and has graciously donated them to the MBA to host in this on-line format so they can be easy to access, simple to use & download, and in the hopes you will enjoy rehearsing and performing them with your ensembles. Dr. Linklater would rather have them available to all and has asked that if you use some or all of these pieces that you consider making a donation to the Remembering Ken Epp PD Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation in lieu of purchasing them. This means one could donate as they see fit under this honour system, and/or consider donating annually to the fund. The denomination is left to each individual donor.
Please click on either Compositions or Transcriptions and it will take you down the page where you will see the music listed under that heading. Each heading, when clicked, will open an online folder with the selections. We encourage you to explore the lists and information in the folders first where you will see the length of each piece and its difficulty level. Enjoy exploring this music!
If you have a question for Dr. Linklater, please email him directly.
Established in 2016 by the MBA, the fund supports the Ken Epp Professional Development Award - "Ken Epp was the Executive Director for the Manitoba Band Association from 1986 to 2014, and had a profound impact on band and music education in Manitoba and across Canada. This first award presented in 2017, is for a young teacher in their first few years of band instruction in Manitoba.
Donation. The endowment fund is held at the Winnipeg Foundation and there are two ways to contribute to the fund. Either on-line directly with the foundation or by sending a cheque made payable to the Manitoba Band Association office and marking it for the Ken Epp Fund.
All Around the Circle *NEW
Piazza di Venice *NEW
Hey, Ho! *NEW
Quebec Meets Liverpool *NEW
Affirmation Spring *NEW (Wind Quartet)
Bird in Flight
East Coast Girl *NEW
Wind from the East
A Little Night Music *NEW
What was the Question?
Gaude! Gaude! *NEW
Bridge of Sighs
Prague Spring *NEW (Brass & Percussion)
En Roulant! *NEW
Wind Symphonies *NEW
Nordic Flight *NEW
Mercury Rising *NEW
Bach, Little Prelude
Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra
Brahms, A Classical Romantic
Chatman, Fanfare for a Cold Land
de Falla, Three-Cornered Hat
Dvorak, Slavonic Dances
Grovlez, Petite Litanie
Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis
Kodaly, Hary Janos Suite
Mahler, A Mahler Portrait
Mahler, Das Knaben Wunderhorn
McPhee, Tabuh-Tabuhan, movement I
Mozart, String Quintet
Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky
Prokofiev, Lt. Kije
Ravel, Rapsodie Espagnol
Schubert, Moment Musicale
Turner, Opening Night