Composer and flutist Margaret Cornils Luke (b. 1960 Sterling, Illinois) was not to be outdone by her two older musical siblings who ultimately became professional musicians. She started piano lessons at the age of 5 and soon began composing music. She quickly took to the flute at the age of 7 which led to a solo and teaching career in her adulthood. While young, her music teachers were Ina Schuler, Gale Coffee, Charles Delany, Mary Louise Poor and Elaine Floyd. During her years at Sterling High School, Harvey Johnson, Cloyd Myers, Lance Carter and G. Jack Schuler heavily influenced her musical development. During her college years at Northern Illinois University, professors Paul Steg and Jan Bach becamse important mentors for Margaret's compositional endeavors. She has composed works for children and adult choir, vocal solos, flute and piano.
Margaret Cornils was awarded several educational awards to study and received her master's degree in Flute Performance from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She began doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, but soon put her studies on hold in order to concertize and teach at the university. She has also taught piano and flute at the university level along with being a professional piano accompanist at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
In the fall of 2015, Margaret made her debut at Cadogan Hall downtown London with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London under the direction of Maestro Christopher Petrie. While in London, Margaret recorded a new CD with the same group at Henry Wood Hall, London. Her new CD will be released in the year 2016 under the Centaur Label.
Margaret Cornils Luke actively commissions other composers to write works for her to perform. She has been featured on public radio and television and has performed her works on the Carnegie Hall stage in New York city. She is a member of the Iowa Composers Forum.
Notes— watch the composer’s video as she explains a bit about this work.
It is dedicated to everyeone affected by cancer.
"For Irna" was written around the initial pitch of g (meant to symbolize the soul). The initial pitch will eventually continue to move upward (symbolizing the soul freeing itself of illness) and eventually ends back at the initial pitch of g (symbolizing the soul at its ultimate rest and peace).