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date: 29 March 2020

Le Roux, Mauricelocked

  • Gérard Condé

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(b Paris, Feb 6, 1923; d Avignon, Oct 19, 1992). French composer and conductor . He studied with Nat (piano), Fourestier (conducting) and Messiaen (analysis) at the Paris Conservatoire (1944–52), as well as with Leibowitz and Mitropoulos. Precociously gifted, Le Roux composed numerous works for piano, voice or orchestra from the early 1930s onwards. The popularity of Marche de la 2e division blindée, first performed anonymously, set the tone for a career divided between the composition of concert works indebted to the serial avant garde (1946–56) and a significant output of film and ballet scores in a musical language accessible to the general public; as a conductor he performed several works which were then unfamiliar, such as Monteverdi's Orfeo and Vespers, the original version of Boris Godunov, Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie (of which he made the first recording in 1961), and works by Xenakis, Varèse and the Second Viennese School. He also produced the successful television series ‘Arcana’, introducing music to a wider public....

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