Claude Vivier


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(b Montreal, 14 April 1948; d Paris, 12 March 1983). Canadian composer. He studied with Gilles Tremblay at the Montreal Conservatory, at the Utrecht electronic music studio, and with Stockhausen in Cologne. A visit to East Asia in 1976–7 also had a profound influence on his highly personal musical language. His chamber opera Kopernikus, which he described as a ‘ritual opera of death’, was produced in Montreal in 1980. After this he received increasing recognition and several commissions in Canada and in Europe, before his career was cut short by his murder before his 35th birthday.

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