Luc FerrariFR

Luc Ferrari’s works have moved away from purely musical preoccupations, but these explorations could be considered branches of the same tree.  The intent was to express passing ideas, sensations and intuitions through different means, observing daily life in all its reality – social, psychological, sentimental – in the form of texts, instrumental scores, electroacoustic compositions, reports, films, stage works, etc.  He was born in Paris in 1929, studied piano, and began composing in 1946.  From 1952 he attended the Darmstadt Summer School – his works were performed here as well as in Paris and Cologne.  He joined the Groupe de Musique Concrete in 1958 and collaborated with Pierre Schaeffer in setting up the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in the same year.  Over the period of the 60’s he was professor of composition at the Rheinische Musikschule in Cologne, produced “Les Grandes Repetitions”, a series of television documentaries with Gerard Patris on the subject of contemporary music, specifically Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Hermann Scherchen and Cecil Taylor, was invited by the DAAD to spend a year in Berlin, and was in charge of music at the Maison de la Culture in Amiens.

He won the Karl Sczuka Prize in 1972 for Portrait-Spiel and again in 1988 for Je me suis perdu, the Prix Italia in 1987 for Et si tour entiere maintenant and in 1991 for l’Escalier des aveugles.  In 1989 he was awarded the Grand Prix National du Ministiere de la Culture, and the following year received the Koussevitzky Foundation Prize for Histoire du plaisir et de la desolation.  In 1982 he founded the electroacoustic/radiophonic music association La Muse en Circuit, where he remained until 1994.  During the 90’s “Parcours Confus”, a retrospective of his work was staged in The Netherlands and he undertook a tour in California, returning later as a roving sound-hunter for a series of radiophonic compositions for Dutch Radio entitled “Far West News.” 

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