Primary Sources:

Robert C. Turner fonds, MUS 218, National Library of Canada.

The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Robert C. Turner: biographical records; correspondence; manuscripts of compositions; contracts; letters of reference; concert programmes and publicity; press clippings; photographs of Turner and members of his family; sound recordings of works by Robert Turner and an interview with the composer regarding his first compositions

Original Scores, Books, Correspondence, Programs and Reviews in the possession of Sara Scott Turner.

Secondary Sources:

[Anon.] “Music from the Festivals,” CBC Times, Vol. 10, No. 4 (August 1-7, 1959), 3-4.

[Anon.] “A Premier Performance,” CBC Times, Vol. 12, No. 7 (August 26 – September 1, 1961), 16.

[Anon.] “Easter Programs,” CBC Times, Vol. 12, No. 41 (April 21-27, 1962), 1-3.

[Anon.] “Abroad,” BMI – The Many Worlds of Music, January Issue, 1965, 20.

[Anon.] “World Premiere. Robert Turner’s Three Episodes for Orchestra,”CBC Times, Vol. 16, No. 35 (Feb. 26 – Mar. 4, 1966), 5. [img] 

[Anon.] “The Brideship,” CBC Times, Vol. 17, 9 December 1967, 6-7. [img]

[Anon.] “Robert Turner, a portrait,” musicanada, No. 29 (Final issue, 1970), 10-11. [img]

[Anon.] “Library pays tribute to composers Turner,” Bulletin (U of M), Vol. 13, No. 25 (28 March 1979), 3. [img]

[Anon.] “Robert Turner,” Performing Rights Organization of Canada Brochure. Don Mills: PRO Canada, 1979.

[Anon.] “Robert Turner Wins WCMA Outstanding Classical Composition Award,” Prairie Sounds, Fall 2004, 1,2,4,10,11

Anderson, Don. “Robert Turner: Fulfilling a Demand,” Overture, Vol. 43/1 (September 1990), 5.

Archer, Thomas. “Sight & Sound – Music By Canadians,” [Newspaper clipping, 3 Mar 1955]

Bernier, Madeleine. “Mallorca provides inspiration for newest concerto by Turner,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 October 1971. [img]

Bradley, Ian L. “Robert Turner,” Twentieth-Century Canadian Composers, Vol. 1. Agincourt, Ontario: GLC Publishers, 1977, 116-137.

Davis, Tony. “Prolific Composers Feels Overwhelmed by Tribute,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Sep. 1990.

Garvie, Peter. “Robert Turner,” The Music Scene, No. 245 (January-February 1969), 9. [img]

Gefen, Pearl Sheffy. “Rivka Golani to Premiere Turner Work,” Classical Music Magazine, Sep, 1992, 7

Gibson, Ronald. “Music Program Impressive,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January, 1974. [img]

Hanson, Jens. “Turner, Robert,” Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, Toronto, 1981, 939.

Harris, Neil. Review: “Work not only music but also point of view,” Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, 22 Sep 1990.

___. Review: “Season kicks off splendidly,” Winnipeg Free Press, Sunday, 17 September 1995.

Bartley Kives. “Manitoba shines at awards show,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 2004, D1-2

___. “Music to our Ears,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 2005, [Entertainment Section] 1, 3

___. “Trio’s Riot,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 2005

Kucherway, Dennis. “WSO Patrons will get Musical Treat on Opening Night,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 Sep 1981

MacMillan, Keith and John Beckwith. Contemporary Canadian Composers, 1973, p. 222-26.

McLean, Eric. “Seven Works by Canadians Given Hearing,” The Montreal Star, 3 March 1955.

Manishen, James. Review: “Nothing shop-worn about orchestra’s nostalgia theme,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 Feb 1991.

___. Review: “Festival ends on a grinding, pulsating note,” Winnipeg Free Press, Sunday, 1 February 1998.

___. Review: “Streatfeild exits MCO podium on a high note,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1999.

___. Review: Robert Turner, Canadian Composers Portraits,” Winnipeg Free Press, [date] 2004.

Proctor, George. Canadian Music of the Twentieth Century. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980.

Rumancik, Maryanne. “Composers’ Corner,”Take Note, vol. 1, issue 2 (Winter 2004-05), 29-31. [img]

Schulman, Michael. “Robert Turner: Life Begins at 65 for Winnipeg Composers who Views Retirement as a Fresh Start,” The Music Scene, No. 349 (May-June 1986), 14-15. [img]

Siskind, Jacob. “Featured Violist has many Strings to her Bow,” The Ottawa Citizen, 28 Oct. 1992, D8

Sunter, Robert. “The Brideship, Colorful event in B.C. history makes for smooth sailing opera,” The Vancouver Sun, Friday, 1 December 1967. [img]

Turner, Robert. “Barbara Pentland,” Canadian Music Journal, Vol. 2. (Summer, 1958), 15-26.

Turner, Sara Scott. “Robert Turner celebrates 90 with Toronto and Winnipeg,” Prairie Sounds, Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region, Fall 2010, 10. [img]

Walker, Morley. “Composers unknown star,” Winnipeg Sun, 11 May 1981. [img]

___. “Dean of city’s composers didn’t get older, just better,” Winnipeg Free Press, Wed. 16 November 2005, D3.

___. “Composer Turner named artist of distinction,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 2008,

Whiteway, Doug. “Aurora Musicale to tip its hat to Robert Turner,” Winnipeg Free Press, Monday, 6 May, 1985, 31. [img]

Winiarz, John. “Composer Robert Turner Visits the Faculty,” Music McGill, Issue 19 (Fall 1988), 10. [img]

Woloskie, Rosalie. “No Ivory Tower for Composer,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 March 1974.

Yeung, Ellen. “Robert Turner – an immense impact,” Oak Bay News, 3 September 2003. [img]


Mark Neumann. “Five Canadian Viola Concertos of the 1980s: an analytical study and performance guide,” New York, Julliard School of Music, 1995

Audrey Andrist. “Canadian contemporary music for violin and piano: a guide to the literature for advanced performers,” New York, Julliard School of Music, 1992.

Reference Works:

McIntire, ed. The Dictionary [Literature] of Chamber Music. Chapel Hill, NC, 1997

Slonimsky, ed. “Robert Turner,” Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 1991, 1914-15.

“Robert Turner,” Compositoires de Americas / Composers of the Americas, vol. 5, 1959, 98-102.

“Robert Turner” Biographies of Canadian Composers. CBC International Service, 1964, 98-100.

Kallman, Helmut, Potvin, Ken Winters, ed. The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. “Turner, Robert,” 939.

“Robert Turner,” Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, New Providence, NJ: Marquis, 1997; Vol. 2: L-Z, p. 4392.

“Robert Tuner,” International Who’s Who in Music and Musician’s Directory (in the Classical and Light Classical Fields) 17th Edition, Vol. 1, Ed. David M. Cummings, Cambridge, England, 2000/2001, p. 651.

“Robert Turner,” Canadian Who’s Who 2004. Vol. XXXIX, Elizabeth Lumley, editor; Toronto: UTP, 2004, p. 1320.

“Robert Turner,” Canadian Composers Collection, National Library of Canada, Ottawa