Claude Vivier

Claude Vivier’s works are out there! They have been performed in concert in Jakarta, Montréal, New York City, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg…

Considered by many to be the greatest composer Canada has yet produced. Murdered at the age of 34, left behind 49 compositions in a variety of genres, including opera, orchestral works, and chamber pieces. In early 1970s, studied composition with Stockhausen in Cologne. A visit to Bali in 1976 proved pivotal, causing him to re-evaluate his ideas on the role of the artist in society. Visionary works that followed featured texts in an invented language, modal melodies harmonized by a complex overtone series, and shimmering orchestration. Called by György Ligeti “the greatest French composer of his generation”.

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Claude Vivier

Montréal (Québec), 1948 – Paris (France), 1983

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