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date: 19 August 2019

Trümpy, Balzlocked

  • Jean-Pierre Amann


(b Basle, Aug 4, 1946). Swiss composer. He spent his childhood in Glarus. His musical education at the Musikakademie in Basle included teaching diplomas for piano and music theory, Paul Baumgartner's master class and composition. He continued his composition studies in Rome with Berio, later becoming his assistant (1975–8). He spent several periods at IRCAM. He won the Kunstpreis des Lion's Club Basle in 1977. He taught theory and composition at the Basle conservatory from 1979, and was vice-director 1982–7.

Trümpy's music attempts to open up new perspectives and to be anchored in the spirit of its time without yielding to fashion. It avoids the potential brutalism of total serialism. In composing, Trümpy makes use of one of music's essential characteristics, its relationship with space and time. This sometimes results in large musical frescoes of imposing dimensions.

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