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” * Other advocates include Mauricio Kagel, Reinbert de Leeuw, David Robertson, and Dawn Upshaw
Works by Claude Vivier include:
Lonely Child (1980) for soprano and orchestra
Kopernikus (1979) opera in two acts
Siddhartha (1976) for orchestra
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Looking Ahead: Dutch chamber orchestra Asko|Schönberg and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw perform a series of concerts of Vivier’s music, including: Bouchara, featuring soprano Katrien Baerts; Pulau Dewata; Lonely Child, featuring Baerts; Wo bist du Licht!, featuring mezzo soprano Barbara Kozelj; Zipangu; Shiraz, featuring pianist Pauline Post; Paramirabo; and Et je reverrai cette ville étrange. The concerts take place in Amsterdam on February 22 and 29, March 5 and 8, and May 1.
“Many things can be said about the music of Claude Vivier, but one thing is certain: No one who hears it is quite the same afterward.” —Globe and Mail