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André Jolivet

Born: 1905

Died: 1974

Nationality: French

Publisher: Alphonse Leduc

For André Jolivet (1905-1974), music triumphed over all the arts with which he became acquainted during his childhood: he quickly realized that his vocation was that of composer. André Jolivet studied composition with Paul Le Flem before becoming the sole pupil in France of Edgar Varèse. In 1936 he took part in the creation of the group Jeune France with Olivier Messiaen, Daniel-Lesur and Yves Baudrier. From 1945-1959 he was Musical Director of the Comédie Française. He subsequently founded the Centre Français d’Humanisme Musical in Aix-en-Provence. He held the post of Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatoire from 1966 till 1970. His very considerable output contains works in all fields – chamber music, concertante works, symphonies, ballets, operas. He was particularly concerned with highlighting and exploiting the possibilities of very many instruments, often thereby establishing them in the mainstream. He has always been guided spiritually by the desire to associate the everyday with the magical, the human with the universal. 
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