Canat de Chizy, Edith
- Pierre Michel
(b Lyons, March 26, 1950). French composer. After studying art, archaeology and philosophy at the Sorbonne, she entered the Paris Conservatoire, where, between 1978 and 1984, she won premiers prix for harmony, fugue, counterpoint, analysis, orchestration and composition. She studied composition with Malec and Ohana, and electro-acoustics with Reibel. She has been active as a violin teacher, and in 1986 she became director of the Conservatoire du XVème Arrondissement. She was made a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1983.
Situated between atonality and modality, Canat de Chizy's music explores the dialectics of continuity and contrast. Her orchestral works use aleatory devices to introduce rhythmic flexibility and even on her purely instrumental works certain techniques of electro-acoustics (such as montage, loops and sound reversal) have left their mark. Harmony is also fundamental, for instance in De noche (1991), where noise-like sonorities alternate with elements of a more clearly harmonic or polymodal character. Her experience as a violinist has led her to explore the potentialities of string instruments, often in concertante settings (...