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date: 17 August 2019

Clostre, Adriennelocked

  • Françoise Andrieux

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(b Thomery, Oct 9, 1921; d Serrières, August 5, 2006). French composer. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where her teachers included Yves Nat for piano, Messiaen for analysis and aesthetics, and Milhaud and Jean Rivier for composition. She was awarded the Prix de Rome for her cantata La résurrection de Lazare in 1949, after which she dedicated herself exclusively to composition, winning the Grand Prix Musical de la Ville de Paris in 1955 and the Prix Florence Gould in 1976, as well as the Grand Prix de la Musique of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques in 1987.

Clostre found her inspiration above all in extra-musical sources – visual and, more especially, literary – and composing for the theatre naturally become her preferred medium. She endeavoured to go beyond narrative to produce a kind of ‘theatre of the soul’, in which dramatic action is transcended in favour of a musical trans-figuration of the inner, metaphysical quest of the characters. Many of her librettos drawn on personal diaries and private letters. A technique essential to achieving the necessary sincerity of expression, and one already evident in ...

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