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Claude Vivier: A Biography (Eastman Studies in Music) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Juni 2014

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Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect, allowing the reader an insightful vision into the world of this extraordinary composer. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Gilmore doesn't shy away from daunting tasks. Strikes a rare balance between putting Vivier in a meaningful context and leaving much of the enigma intact. Gilmore unlocks a realm that conjures up the vivid sounds and colours of an idealized fantasy world. (Open this book and) you will get lured into visiting and revisiting Vivier's singularly resplendent musical universe-a thoroughly rewarding experience. MUSICWORKS (Rene van Peer); full review at www.musicworks.ca #120 Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect, allowing the reader an insightful vision into the world of this extraordinary composer. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Gilmore doesn't shy away from daunting tasks. Writing about the man and the music with an engaging warmth, the author strikes a rare balance between putting Vivier in a meaningful context and leaving much of the enigma intact. Gilmore unlocks a realm that conjures up the vivid sounds and colours of an idealized fantasy world. (Open this book and) you will get lured into visiting and revisiting Vivier's singularly resplendent musical universe--a thoroughly rewarding experience. MUSICWORKS (Rene van Peer) Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect, allowing the reader an insightful vision into the world of this extraordinary composer. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Gilmore moves gracefully between the gay scene in Paris or Montreal and the scores on the composer's desk (as Vivier himself did) to create a deeply engaged and engaging portrait. TLS Books of the Year. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Gilmore doesn't shy away from daunting tasks. Writing about the man and the music with an engaging warmth, the author strikes a rare balance between putting Vivier in a meaningful context and leaving much of the enigma intact. Gilmore unlocks a realm that conjures up the vivid sounds and colours of an idealized fantasy world. (Open this book and) you will get lured into visiting and revisiting Vivier's singularly resplendent musical universe--a thoroughly rewarding experience. MUSICWORKS (Rene van Peer) Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect, allowing the reader an insightful vision into the world of this extraordinary composer. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Most Famous Canadian Composer is not a hotly contested title. Now the multilateral champ--francophone, anglophone, living or dead--is surely Claude Vivier. Like all good biographies, this one says much about environment of its subject, including the working-class French-Canadian world in which Vivier grew up. Vivier expanded on his upbringing, writing a sequence of works with spiritual and ritual content. As assured as (Gilmore's musical) analysis is, it is of course the life that keeps the pages turning. Readers get more than the story of an original composer and unforgettable personality. I feel much better informed about what actually went on in the modernist stronghold of Darmstadt. Gilmore's portrayal of the modernist scene in Montreal is also truthful and perceptive. MONTREAL GAZETTE (Arthur Kaptainis) Full review at http: //montrealgazette.com/entertainment/music/arthur-kaptainis-excellent-biography-of-composer-claude-vivier-is-long-overdue Gilmore moves gracefully between the gay scene in Paris or Montreal and the scores on the composer's desk (as Vivier himself did) to create a deeply engaged and engaging portrait. TLS Books of the Year. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Gilmore doesn't shy away from daunting tasks. Writing about the man and the music with an engaging warmth, the author strikes a rare balance between putting Vivier in a meaningful context and leaving much of the enigma intact. Gilmore unlocks a realm that conjures up the vivid sounds and colours of an idealized fantasy world. (Open this book and) you will get lured into visiting and revisiting Vivier's singularly resplendent musical universe--a thoroughly rewarding experience. MUSICWORKS (Rene van Peer) Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect, allowing the reader an insightful vision into the world of this extraordinary composer. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

A labour of love on (Gilmore's) part, more than ten years in the writing, and making much use of interviews with friends and colleagues. Interweaves biography and discussion of the music in a single narrative, which is clear and very readable. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE A grippingly detailed account of the background -- not just musical -- against which Vivier's compositions emerged, emphasizing how his awareness of new developments, particularly in Germany, . . . intersected with his absorption in ethnic, especially Balinese, musics. MUSICAL TIMES Most Famous Canadian Composer is not a hotly contested title. Now the multilateral champ -- francophone, anglophone, living or dead -- is surely Claude Vivier. . . . As assured as (Gilmore's musical) analysis is, it is of course the life that keeps the pages turning. MONTREAL GAZETTE Gilmore moves gracefully between the gay scene in Paris or Montreal and the scores on the composer's desk (as Vivier himself did) to create a deeply engaged and engaging portrait. TLS Books of the Year. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Writing about the man and the music with an engaging warmth, the author strikes a rare balance between putting Vivier in a meaningful context and leaving much of the enigma intact. Gilmore unlocks a realm that conjures up the vivid sounds and colours of an idealized fantasy world. (Open this book and) you will get lured into visiting and revisiting Vivier's singularly resplendent musical universe -- a thoroughly rewarding experience. MUSICWORKS Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect, allowing the reader an insightful vision into the world of this extraordinary composer. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

An informative and moving account of the composer, his works, and their context. A strong sense of place infuses the narrative. Discussion of Vivier's music (is) enlightening. CHOICE A labour of love on (Gilmore's) part, more than ten years in the writing, and making much use of interviews with friends and colleagues. Interweaves biography and discussion of the music in a single narrative, which is clear and very readable. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE A grippingly detailed account of the background -- not just musical -- against which Vivier's compositions emerged, emphasizing how his awareness of new developments, particularly in Germany, . . . intersected with his absorption in ethnic, especially Balinese, musics. MUSICAL TIMES Most Famous Canadian Composer is not a hotly contested title. Now the multilateral champ -- francophone, anglophone, living or dead -- is surely Claude Vivier. . . . As assured as (Gilmore's musical) analysis is, it is of course the life that keeps the pages turning. MONTREAL GAZETTE Gilmore moves gracefully between the gay scene in Paris or Montreal and the scores on the composer's desk (as Vivier himself did) to create a deeply engaged and engaging portrait. TLS Books of the Year. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Writing about the man and the music with an engaging warmth, the author strikes a rare balance between putting Vivier in a meaningful context and leaving much of the enigma intact. Gilmore unlocks a realm that conjures up the vivid sounds and colours of an idealized fantasy world. (Open this book and) you will get lured into visiting and revisiting Vivier's singularly resplendent musical universe -- a thoroughly rewarding experience. MUSICWORKS Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect, allowing the reader an insightful vision into the world of this extraordinary composer. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Direct and to the point, but enriched with wonderfully descriptive passages, seamlessly paraphrasing, quoting and analysing a wealth of sources. An accessible and virtuosic work. TEMPO An informative and moving account of the composer, his works, and their context. A strong sense of place infuses the narrative. Discussion of Vivier's music (is) enlightening. CHOICE A labour of love on (Gilmore's) part, more than ten years in the writing, and making much use of interviews with friends and colleagues. Interweaves biography and discussion of the music in a single narrative, which is clear and very readable. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE A grippingly detailed account of the background -- not just musical -- against which Vivier's compositions emerged, emphasizing how his awareness of new developments, particularly in Germany, . . . intersected with his absorption in ethnic, especially Balinese, musics. MUSICAL TIMES Most Famous Canadian Composer is not a hotly contested title. Now the multilateral champ -- francophone, anglophone, living or dead -- is surely Claude Vivier. . . . As assured as (Gilmore's musical) analysis is, it is of course the life that keeps the pages turning. MONTREAL GAZETTE Gilmore moves gracefully between the gay scene in Paris or Montreal and the scores on the composer's desk (as Vivier himself did) to create a deeply engaged and engaging portrait. TLS Books of the Year. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (S)trikes a rare balance between putting Vivier in a meaningful context and leaving much of the enigma intact. Gilmore unlocks a realm that conjures up the vivid sounds and colours of an idealized fantasy world. . . .(A) thoroughly rewarding experience. MUSICWORKS Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Vivier's "marvelous dream universe" is researched and presented by Gilmore with a wealth of colorful detail and respect. --Barbara Hannigan, soprano

The Quebec composer Claude Vivier made some of the most haunting and personal musical statements of any composer of the later twentieth century. An astounding late work by one of the most sensitive commentators on the music of the second half of the twentieth century. MUSIC & LETTERS Direct and to the point, but enriched with wonderfully descriptive passages, seamlessly paraphrasing, quoting and analysing a wealth of sources. An accessible and virtuosic work. TEMPO An informative and moving account of the composer, his works, and their context. A strong sense of place infuses the narrative. Discussion of Vivier's music (is) enlightening. CHOICE A labour of love on (Gilmore's) part, more than ten years in the writing, and making much use of interviews with friends and colleagues. Clear and very readable. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE Most Famous Canadian Composer is not a hotly contested title. Now the multilateral champ -- francophone, anglophone, living or dead -- is surely Claude Vivier. . . . As assured as (Gilmore's musical) analysis is, it is of course the life that keeps the pages turning. MONTREAL GAZETTE Gilmore moves gracefully between the gay scene in Paris or Montreal and the scores on the composer's desk (as Vivier himself did) to create a deeply engaged and engaging portrait. TLS Books of the Year. TLS Claude Vivier lived a life we had thought extinct: that of the doomed creative genius, casting off masterpieces from an unstoppable ride into the abyss. Bob Gilmore brings immediacy, sensitivity, and care to telling the story of Vivier's life, while also guiding us through and into some of the most breathtaking music of the late twentieth century. This is a necessary book, and an exciting one. --Paul Griffiths, author of The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraque Meticulously researched and beautifully written. It reads...(like) a favorite novel that one simply cannot put down. Its most significant strengths are the biographical, contextual, and musical details of Vivier's life that emerge through Gilmore's critical analysis of the many interviews he conducted. By recording such firsthand accounts of Vivier's life...this biography will likely remain unmatched in Vivier scholarship because there simply is no other documentation. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MUSICOLOGICAL SOCIETY

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Composer's Life and Death 2. Januar 2015
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I've just completed reading Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life, by Bob Gilmore. It is a worthwhile, well informed and well-researched account of both the life and the musical ideas and projects of Claude Vivier, considered by many to be Canada's greatest composer. It relies in large measure on the texts written by and about Vivier in his life time and interviews with those who knew him in Europe and in Canada. Vivier spent many of his adult years in Europe: in Utrecht, Cologne and Paris. But at the end of his life he avows a homesickness for Montreal and for the warmth of his circle of friends, many of them composers, performers and other artists, who have since become part of the human and institutional capital which has bred the unique musical and artistic culture which is Montreal. Sadly, many of the battles which Claude was fighting then, are in need of new champions as composers seek commissioning funds, opportunities for broadcast on CBC and Radio-Canada, listeners and public discussion of their works with respect and attention. A fine story of a life and an artistic undertaking and also a landscape of an emerging cultural scene in Montreal.
5.0 von 5 Sternen awonderful 12. Januar 2015
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable biography of this composer whose life and music intriguingly intersected, but just a touch too short for me 21. Januar 2015
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The details of Claude Vivier's life often tower over his weirdly beautiful music -- a sexually flamboyant figure obsessed with love and death, he was murdered in 1983 at the age of 33 by a man he had brought home for the night. However, until now there has been no full biography of this intriguing French Canadian composer. The musicologist Bob Gilmore, who has written a great deal on Vivier's music, took this task upon himself in the early millennium, and CLAUDE VIVIER: A Composer's Life was finally published in 2014.

Gilmore interviewed a number of people who knew Vivier well, including close friend Therese Desjardins, composers Tristan Murail and Clarence Barlow, and fellow Stockhausen student Richard Toop. He also had access to Vivier's passport (allowing him to precisely date his travels), sketches, and letters. The reader gets a good idea of when each of his key pieces were written and premiered, how much he was paid from them, and what life experiences went into these works. As appendices, Gilmore provides a list of Vivier's works, followed by a discography. There are also some photographs on plates.

The book does overturn some misconceptions that have arisen over the years. While most of Vivier's relationships were with men, Gilmore reveals that he did have some sexual experiences with women until the end of his life. Also, Gilmore debunks the idea of Vivier as a great traveller in the East, noting that his sole trip to Asia, expected to be a year long, ended only a few months in when Vivier become homesick for Canada. There is a lot of salacious detail here, but how could there not be when all his acquaintances report Vivier as being totally unabashed? ("Claude would talk about doing it with nine guys in a bathhouse", says one friend). Amusingly, these details of sex or unkemptness go beyond Vivier himself and tell us something about the contemporary music world in which he moved. There's an account of a Cologne party in a "sexually liberated" time where Vivier got it on with one of the female guests, as Wolfgang Rihm looked on and offered dry commentary.

This will be an enjoyable read for any Vivier fans, but I am slightly disappointed by how brief it is at only about 200 pages. Sure, Vivier died at a young age, so one cannot expect any biography to reach the length of books on more long-lived figures. Still, Gilmore could have included more details from the rich archival material he had at his disposal, and he doesn't mention much of an aftermath (how Vivier's adoptive mother accepted his death, how his killer was eventually released from prison). Those who have seen the hour-long Vivier documentary film released on the Marco Polo DVD set will note that it includes some information not found in Gilmore's book.
5.0 von 5 Sternen After that I was hooked on the music of this wonderful composer, so I was eager to read Mr ... 1. März 2016
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I first discovered Vivier's music through Bob Gilmore's analysis of Lonely Child. After that I was hooked on the music of this wonderful composer, so I was eager to read Mr Gilmore's full-length study. Consider it highly recommended to all students and aficionados of Vivier's music. Well-researched and well-written. I could have handled more music examples, but this book is explicitly a biography, it's not an extended analytical tome. Altogether an excellent book about an amazing artist.
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