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date: 19 August 2019

Saguer, Louislocked

  • Andrea Musk

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(b Charlottenburg, March 26, 1907; d Paris, March 1, 1991). French composer of German birth. Of Italian parentage, he first studied the piano and composition in Venice with two pupils of Busoni. In 1929 he moved to Paris, where he studied orchestration with Louis Aubert and took advice on composition from Honegger and Milhaud. He returned briefly to Berlin to follow a course of study with Hindemith and was an assistant to Eisler. He finally settled in Paris in 1933, where he engaged in concert activities as a pianist and harpsichordist. Many of his performances of contemporary music were broadcast on French, German and Belgian radio. Radio was a particular interest: between 1945 and 1971 he contributed 14 ‘illustrations musicales’ to French Radio, which also commissioned four works, including Sine nomine and the opera Lili Merveille. Later, Saguer was appointed an inspector for SACEM. His most notable awards include the Grand Prix de Monaco (...

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