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date: 23 October 2019

Reverdy, Michèlelocked

  • Daniel Kawka

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(b Alexandria, Egypt, Dec 12, 1943). French composer and musicologist. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Claude Ballif (analysis), Olivier Messiaen (composition) and Alain Weber (counterpoint), gaining first prize in counterpoint and analysis and winning the composition prize. She also holds a degree in literature from the Sorbonne. She has been resident at the Casa de Velasquez, Madrid (1979–81) and has taught analysis at the Paris Conservatoire. Hallmarks of her style include slow transformations of sound material, as in Métèores (1978) and Les jeux de Protée (1984), and the use of repetition, as in Le cercle du vent (1988). Her sophisticated technique always serves the emotional content of the music, the substance of which is inspired by visual art and literature. Reverdy’s writings include two books on the music of Olivier Messiaen: L’oeuvre pour piano d’Olivier Messiaen (Paris, 1978...

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