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date: 08 April 2020

Garant, (Albert Antonio) Sergelocked

  • Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre
  • , revised by Jean Boivin

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(b Quebec, Sept 22, 1929; d Sherbrooke, PQ, Nov 1, 1986). Canadian composer. Born in Quebec City, his parents moved to Sherbrooke when he was 10. Largely self-taught, he left school in 1945 to devote himself full-time to studying music. He began learning the saxophone on his own, studied the clarinet with Marcel Marcotte, the piano with Sylvio Lacharité, and theory with Paul-Marcel Robidoux. He continued his training with Yvonne Hubert (piano) and Claude Champagne (composition). In 1950 he won first prize for the clarinet at the Congrès de fanfares de Granby. This success propelled him to the Juilliard School, where he studied briefly with Richard Franco Goldman, among others. He discovered the piano music of Schoenberg and Webern. In 1951 his Musique pour sax alto et fanfare and Adagio et Allegro pour piano et harmonie, in which he explored new sound colour and development process of a theme, won the composition prize at the Youth Festival. Later that year he went to Paris where he studied counterpoint with Andrée Vaurabourg-Honegger and attended Messiaen’s analysis classes. During this period he met both Boulez and Stockhausen. His cycle of five melodies, ...

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Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (Toronto, 2/1992)