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date: 21 September 2019

Leroux, Philippelocked

  • Dominique Druhen

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(b Boulogne, Sept 25, 1959). French composer . He attended the Paris Conservatoire (1978–83), where he studied composition with Malec, analysis with Ballif and electro-acoustic music with Schaeffer and Reibel, gaining three premiers prix. From 1993 to 1995 he was resident at the Académie de France, Rome. He received the Hervé Dugardin prize of the SACEM in 1994, and a second prize from that organization in 1996 for the violin concerto (d')ALLER.

Leroux's approach to colour and harmonic organization owes something to Spectral music. But in its instrumental writing and its emphasis on rhythmic movement his music owes more to Ligeti. Leroux makes frequent use of repetition, but within a framework of continuous variation, playing on oppositions between continuity and discontinuity, proximity and distance, developmental logic and random association. The works of his later period have shown a greater playfulness in their exploration of musical procedures, together with an ongoing concern for clarity and elegance in the presentation of ideas. He has written in a wide variety of genres from pedagogical pieces to electro-acoustic works such as ...

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