In Memoriam: Melvin
University of Toronto Faculty of Music mourns the passing of
longtime faculty Melvin Berman.
Born in Hartford,
Connecticut in 1929, Melvin Berman studied oboe with
Clement Lenom and Harold Gomberg. He served as principal oboe with
the CJRT Orchestra (Toronto Philharmonic), the MSO, the orchestras
of the NFB and the CBC, several US orchestras, and, beginning in
1975, the COC. A founder of the Baroque Trio of Montreal and the
Pro Arte Woodwind Quintet, Berman became a member of the Toronto
Woodwind Quintet in 1971. He was a woodwind teacher at the
University of Hartford in 1950, the CMM 1956-70, McGill University
1956-64, and a faculty member of the NYO 1969-79. In 1971 he began
teaching at the University of Toronto, and in 1988 he was made head
Berman composed a Quintet for Brass (1962, Berandol
1974). His films, The Oboe Reed and The Oboe (both
University of Toronto Media Centre), were completed in 1972 and
1981 respectively. Berman's own Octagon Publications has issued his
editions of octets by W.F.E. Bach and Josef Triebensee, as well as
his arrangement for winds of A. Marcello's Concerto for
Oboe. Melvin Berman has transcribed music by Bach and Mozart
for wind ensemble.
Biography: William Schabas,
Patricia Wardrop, Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.
The Canadian Encyclopedia.