Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life (Eastman Studies in Music) by Bob Gilmore

By Bob Gilmore

Claude Vivier's haunting and expressive song has captivated audiences world wide. however the French-Canadian composer is remembered additionally a result of dramatic situations of his demise: he wasfound murdered in his Paris condominium on the age of thirty-four. Given unrestricted entry to Vivier's data and interviews with Vivier's relations, lecturers, acquaintances, and co-workers, musicologist andbiographer Bob Gilmore tells right here the complete tale of Vivier's attention-grabbing existence, from his abandonment as a toddler in a Montreal orphanage to his posthumous acclaim as one of many top composers of hisgeneration.
Expelled from a spiritual university at seventeen for "lack of maturity," Vivier gave up his ambition to affix the priesthood to review composition. among 1976 and 1983 Vivier wrote theworks on which his acceptance rests, together with Lonely Child, Bouchara, and the operas Kopernikus and Marco Polo. He was once additionally an outspoken presence within the Montreal arts global and homosexual scene. Vivier left Quebec for Paris in 1982 to paintings on a brand new opera, the composition of which used to be interrupted by way of his homicide. On his table used to be the manuscript of his final paintings, uncannily entitled "Do you think within the Immortality of the Soul." Vivier's is a sad yet life-affirming tale, in detail hooked up to his passionate track.

Bob Gilmore was once a famous musicologist and performer who taught at Brunel college in London. He wrote or edited 5 earlier books, together with Harry Partch: A Biography.

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