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Gilles Tremblay, in memoriam 1932 - 2017

Gilles Tremblay, in memoriam 1932 - 2017

August 14, 2017

The Canadian Music Centre joins with the music community to mourn the death of renowned Canadian composer and CMC Associate Composer, Gilles Tremblay, who died on 27 July 2017 in Montreal.

A composer, musician, teacher and advocate, Tremblay left an indelible mark on the development of contemporary music in Quebec and in Canada. Along with his friends and colleagues Serge Garant, François Morel and Bruce Mather, he molded the Quebec music scene into one of the most creative centres for contemporary music in the Western World.

David Jaeger, composer, recording and radio producer, and Vice-Chair CMC Board commented “Gilles Tremblay left a large body of profound works which reveal his unique musical voice. Whenever I recorded his music for broadcast on CBC Radio Two, I felt I was experiencing the sublime. There was always a spiritual dimension. His ability to create, mould and shape sonorities that transport the listener to a higher plane was remarkable. As a teacher, he inspired many gifted emerging composers, such as Yves Daoust, Michel Gonneville, Isabelle Panneton and the late Claude Vivier. His music, teaching and advocacy of contemporary music strengthened the profile of Canadian repertoire around the world.”

Born in Saguenay, Québec, he pursued musical studies at both the Quebec Conservatory of Music in Montreal (CMM), and the Paris Conservatory of Music with contemporaries Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, and Pierre Schaeffer. Returning to Canada, he took up the position as professor of analysis and composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where he remained until 1998. He won many prizes, including the Calixa Lavallée Prize for his soundscapes in the Quebec Pavilion at Expo '67 and the Denise Pelletier Prize in 1991. His large-scale work Les Pierres crieront, a commission from Radio-France for large orchestra and solo cello, premiered in May of 2001. He has received numerous commissions, and has seen his music played throughout the world. He was made an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 1991, and was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 1993.

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Related Composers: Gilles Tremblay