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Artists Claude Vivier

Considered by many to be the greatest composer Canada has yet produced. Murdered at the age of 34, left behind 49 compositions in a variety of genres, including opera, orchestral works, and chamber pieces. In early 1970s, 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”.

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Claude Vivier

Montréal (Québec), 1948 – Paris (France), 1983

  • Composer

On the web

Claude Vivier [Photo: Michel Courchesne]
Claude Vivier [Photo: Michel Courchesne]

Main releases

Collection QB / CQB 2026, CQB 2026_NUM / 2020
Collection QB / CQB 0401 / 2004


Collection QB / CQB 1617, CQB 1617_NUM / 2015
Collection QB / CQB 0908 / 2009


  • Bozzini Quartet, Stéphanie Bozzini, Alissa Cheung, Clemens Merkel, Isabelle Bozzini [Photo: Michael Slobodian, Montréal (Québec), January 20, 2020]

    You can listen to Bozzini Quartet’s Here and Now concert online until April 8, 2007. Recorded on February 11, 2007 at BBC Radio 3’s Maida Vale Studio 1 in London (UK), this concert gives us an opportunity to hear Bozzini Quartet playing wor…

    Thursday, April 5, 2007 / In concert

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