Allan Gordon Bell

(b. 1953, Calgary, Alberta).

Canadian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed in North America and elsewhere.

Prof. Bell received his MMus from the University of Alberta, where he studied composition with Violet Archer, Malcolm Forsyth and Manus Sasonkin. He also studied composition with Jean Coulthard, Bruce Mather and Oskar Morawetz at the Banff Centre in Alberta.

He has received commissions from the Canadian Band Directors Association, the Canada Council for Arts and the CBC. His music has been performed in Israel, Japan, the UK, and the USA.

He has taught as Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Calgary since 1983.

In addition to the works listed below, he has written much music for films and TV productions.


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The Gift of the Wolf (music-theatre work), speaker, children's ensemble, violin, cello, piano, 1984 (also version for flute/violin, cello, piano [all players also speak], 1984)

The Ugly Duckling (music-theatre work), female voice, flute, violin, piano, 1985

Turtle WakesAn Opera, 1998


Dynamus, string orchestra, 1980

Drawing down the Moon, string orchestra, 1982

From Chaos to the Birth of a Dancing Star, symphonic band, 1983

Concerto, percussion, orchestra, 1984

In the Eye of Four Winds, symphonic band, 1986

Concerto for Two Orchestras, 1988

Vision Quest, symphonic band, 1989

An Elemental Lyric, 1992

Spirit Trail, 1994

Arche III, violin, percussion, string orchestra, 1994

Animus, alto saxophone, percussion, string orchestra, 1995

Sundogs Reel, string orchestra, 1998

Chiaroscuro, 1999

Symphonies of Hidden Fire, 2002

Serenity, small orchestra, 2004


Pas de quatre, percussion ensemble, 1976

Beltine, violin, 1977

Arche I, string quartet, 1980

Encounters, 2 violins, 2 cellos, 1980

Five Rituals, flute (+ alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), French horn, bassoon, 2 percussion, 1980

Morning Music: A Reflection upon Stillness, violin, piano, 1980

Mistaya, 2 percussion, 1982

Monashee: Three Lyric Sketches, cello, piano, 1982

Gaia, flute, oboe, clarinet, 4 cellos, piano, 2 percussion, 1984

An Enchantment, cello, piano, 1986

Prairie I, synthesizers (1 player), computer, 1986

Innua: Three Masks, violin, cello, piano, 1987

The Ascendant Voice, brass, 1988

Prairie II, synthesizers (+ samplers) (1 player), computer, 1988

Arche II, string quartet, 1989

Orca, 9 players, 1989

Lumen: A Quintet, 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, 1990

Moon of Flowers, synthesizers (+ samplers) (1 player), computer, 1990

A Prairie Requiem, clarinet, harp, marimba, 1991

SnowMore SnowSnow, bass clarinet, cello, marimba, 1993

Aurages: Seven Ephemera, flute, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 1994

Shadows, Echoes, Impressions, sampler, computer, 1994

Sweetgrass, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1997

Chthonic Canons, 3 tubas, 1998

a great arch softening the mountains, voice, bass clarinet, violin, piano, computer, 2001

Trails of Gravity and Grace, clarinet, cello, piano, 2003

Festival Fanfare, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba


Four Grassi Lakes Seasons, children's chorus, piano, 1993

Two Roads to the Heartland, children's chorus, piano, 1998


Nocturne, soprano, piano, 1977, revised 2001

Kinesis, female speaker, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 1981


Prelude and Passacaglia, 1977

Sonora Borealis, 1989

Old Coyote's Saturday Night, 1992

Nebulae, 1995

Danse sauvage, 1996