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date: 20 August 2019

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  • Daniel Kawka

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(b Paris, Oct 22, 1935). French composer. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where she obtained first prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition; among her teachers there were Rivier, Dutilleux, Duruflé and Milhaud. She won the Prix de Rome in 1965 and has since received several other international awards; she became a professor at the Conservatoire in 1970.

Her output is eclectic, relying on an atonal, non-serial musical language into which aleatory techniques are frequently incorporated. She is sensitive to instrumental timbres created by bold superimpositions, and her exploration of microtonal intervals, extended instrumental techniques (such as woodwind multiphonics), and non-standard instruments (notably the celtic harp) bears witness to a continuing desire to expand her music's range of sonority. She is particularly drawn to writing for voices: Clamavit, a work for narrator, chorus and orchestra commissioned by French Radio, was chosen to represent France at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, and has since been widely performed abroad....

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