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date: 20 August 2019

Cecconi-Botella, Moniclocked

  • Françoise Andrieux

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(b Courbevoie, Sept 30, 1936). French composer. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Maurice Duruflé (harmony) and Jean Rivier (composition), and in 1966 received the Prix de Rome. From 1973 to 1975, as well as continuing to compose, she organized the concerts of modern music given by the ensemble L’Itinéraire. From 1978 she taught composition and musical analysis, becoming a professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1982. She is particularly drawn to the operatic idiom; here her vocal writing owes much to the lyric tradition, while her orchestral writing is charged with dramatic tension. In Imaginaires (1968), for percussion and dancer, a series of explorations of the combination of the visual arts and music, she has combined this love of the theatre with a strong pictorial sensibility. Conceiving music as sound-mass, she uses musique concrète to widen her colour spectrum further, but in this rich and vibrant musical universe humour too has a place; this is achieved by compositional subtleties which, despite her stylistic independence, link her to identifiable traditions in French music....

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