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Raynald Arseneault: Biography

Raynald Arseneault
1945 - 1995
Region: Québec

Raynald Arseneault

Raynald Arseneault was born in Québec on June 9, 1945 (and died in 1995). He studied at the Montréal Conservatory with Gilles Tremblay (composition and analysis), Françoise Aubut-Pratt (harmony and organ), and in 1973 was awarded premier prix and the Prix d'Europe in composition. He spent eight years in France from 1973 to 1981. There he studied with Tony Aubin (composition) and Pierre Cochereau (organ) at the Académie Internationale de Nice, with Claude Lefebvre (composition) at the Conservatoire National de la Région de Metz, and Claude Ballif (analysis and composition) and Michel Philippot (composition) at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. Encounters with Yvan Wychnegradski in Paris and Jacinto Scelsi in Rome had important effects on his development. He received an Easter commission for solo female voice, brass quintet, percussion and organ from the Centre Européen pour la Recherche Musicale, a work that premiered at the World Music Days in Metz (1976). His music has been performed at festivals such as Mount Orford, Langeais, Aix-en-Provence, and recorded by the Radio-Télévision Belge, the ORTF and the CBC. Some of the principal performers have been the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France (Edgar Cosma), the Orchestre Métropolitain (Walter Boudreau), the Orchestre symphonique de la Radio-Télévision Belge (Simon Streatfeild), the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (Gilles Auger); organists Bernard Foccroulle, Michelle Quintal, André Laberge and Gisèle Guibord, pianists Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Suzanne Fournier, Daniel Cholette and Julio Laks, violinist Carmen Fournier, guitarist Michael Laucke, and flautists Lise Daoust and Helmut W. Erdmann.

He has been awarded several grants from the Ministère de l'Éducation and the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, as well as from The Canada Council. He was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris in the studio of The Canada Council (1979-80) and in the studio of the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec (1980-81), and has won an award for creative work from the Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec (1980-81).


Raynald Arseneault died after a long battle with a terrible illness during the night of January 26, 1995.


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