Works performed by Earplay:


Claude Vivier (1949-1983) is considered by many to be the greatest composer Canada has yet produced. Murdered at the age of 34, he left behind 49 compositions in a variety of genres, including opera, orchestral works, and chamber pieces. In the early 1970s, he studied composition with Stockhausen in Cologne. A visit to Bali in 1976 proved pivotal, causing him to re-evaluate his ideas on the role of the artist in society. Visionary works that followed featured texts in an invented language, modal melodies harmonized by a complex overtone series, and shimmering orchestration. Called by György Ligeti "the greatest French composer of his generation", other advocates include Mauricio Kagel, Kent Nagano, Reinbert de Leeuw, David Robertson, and Dawn Upshaw.

[Reprinted by kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes.]

[from program for February 11, 2008 concert]