André Jolivet brochure now available
7th July 2016
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, Jean-Yves 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.
Notable works published by Alphonse Leduc include the Concerto for Ondes Martenot and Orchestra, Symphony No 1, Symphony No 2, the frequently-performed Chant de Linos, and his 1974 unfinished opera Bogomilé ou Le Lieutenant Perdu (later completed by Michel Philippot in 1982).
For more information regarding André Jolivet’s life, music and writings visit the Association Les amis d'André Jolivet Website.