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Michel Longtin: Biography

Michel Longtin
1946 -
Region: Québec

Michel Longtin

Michel Longtin was first trained in science. In 1967, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Collège des Eudistes in Montreal. In the meantime, at the Banff School of Fine Arts, during the summers of 1963 and 1964, he devoted himself to drama, staging, and pantomime. These moments spent in Banff would return to many of his musical themes (North of Lake Superior, The Death of Pierrot, etc.).

In 1968, he decided to study music and took computer science courses and private lessons with André Prévost. In 1970, he began studies in composition at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal. He obtained from this same institution a Bachelor of Music (1973), as well as a Master's degree (1975) and a PhD (1982). At the same time, he took courses in electroacoustic music at McGill and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

From 1986 until 2008, he taught composition, twentieth-century music analysis and film music at the Université de Montréal. He is now a professor emeritus.

Longtin first devoted himself to electroacoustic music for 10 years. He began his Mountain Trilogy at the Bourges, France, studio in 1977, and completed it at the McGill studio in 1980. His themes, both instrumental and "electro", reflect an expressionist language. A music often written as programme music is expressed through such plays as the Trilogy, The Road of the Reclusive Pilgrims, Quaternions and others. Longtin's music is often performed in Europe. He won a few awards, including the Jules Léger Prize for chamber music in 1986.


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