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date: 22 August 2019

Barreau, Gisèlelocked

  • Marie Noëlle Masson

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(b Cuëron, Feb 28, 1948). French composer. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Olivier Messiaen, Betsy Jolas and André Boucourechliev, then with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales. She received the Edgard Varèse scholarship (USA) and became Morton Feldman’s assistant at SUNY, Buffalo; she has also served as composer-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony (USA) and at the Villa Medici, Rome. She was awarded the Koussevitzky Prize for Tlaloc in 1977, the SACEM Prix Enesco in 1978 and Prix Chapelier-Clergue in 1988, and the prize of the Ministère pour les Droits de la Femme in 1986 for her Aires pour Marion. Barreau’s aesthetic conveys a constant concern for ‘affect’ and heightened emotion. Her writing shows particular sensitivity to the shaping of sound and, in a great number of works, she endeavours to make the text an integral part of the total sound material.

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