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date: 17 August 2019

Arrieu, Claude [Simon, Anne Marie]locked

  • Françoise Andrieux
  • , revised by James R. Briscoe

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[Simon, Anne Marie]

(b Paris, Nov 30, 1903; d Paris, March 7, 1990). French composer. She received a premier prix in composition in 1932 at the Paris Conservatoire, having studied with Dukas, Roger-Ducasse, Nöel Gallon, Georges Caussade and Marguerite Long. She established a career in teaching and at French Radio, where she worked as a producer and assistant head of sound effects.

Much of Arrieu’s output consists of dramatic works ranging from opera and incidental music to her farce for children La tête du dragon (1946). At least 30 film scores and 40 radio scores are also to her credit. Among her instrumental works, such finely wrought duos as the Impromptu II for oboe and piano and the Sonatine for flute and piano, composed in the spirit of Gebrauchsmusik, are characterized by the style of Les Six, but take a strongly individual direction in their harmonic and metrical shifts. Her music’s wit, charm and harmonically adventurous qualities places her in a line of musical descent from Chabrier. She took a direct interest in electro-acoustics, and was one of the first to work with Pierre Schaeffer. Even so, excepting the ...

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