- Peter Hoffmann
(b Braïla, ?29 May 1922; d Paris, 4 Feb 2001). French composer of Greek parentage. He belonged to the pioneering generation of composers who revolutionized 20th-century music after World War II. With the ardour of an outsider to academic musical life, he was one of the first to replace traditional musical thinking with radical new concepts of sound composition. His musical language had a strong influence on many younger composers in and outside of Europe, but it remained singular for its uncompromising harshness and conceptual rigour....