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date: 22 August 2019

Calame, Geneviève locked

  • Chris Walton

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(b Geneva, Dec 30, 1946; d Geneva, Oct 8, 1993). Swiss composer. She studied the piano in Geneva, then with Agosti in Rome. In 1971 she began to study composition with Guyonnet and later attended courses by Boulez and Pousseur. In 1975 she was appointed to teach audio-visual studies at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva. Her works, both instrumental and audio-visual, have been performed throughout Europe and the Americas. Her fascination for instrumental timbres, often explored over a slow-moving harmonic background (as in Sur la margelle du monde), led her to incorporate non-European instruments in otherwise conventional ensembles, as in Vent solaire, for shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and orchestra. Although her harmony and instrumentation betray the influence of the post-war avant garde, Calame’s interest in mysticism imparted a strong meditative quality to her music that makes it more accessible to a broader public. Her aim was, she said, ‘to harmonize the energies of the listener while at the same time offering him a field of enlarged consciousness’....

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