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Guyonnet Jacques

(20. 03. 1933 - 18. 05. 2018)

Genre: Classical Music
Professional activity: Composers, Interpreters, Authors
Biography
* 20. 03. 1933, † 18. 05. 2018.

Jacques Guyonnet was born in Geneva and studied literature at the university and composition and directing at the conservatory there. From 1958 until 1961 he participated at the Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. In 1959 he founded the Studio de Musique Contemporaine in Geneva and began collaborations with Pierre Boulez after 1960. From 1976 until 1981 he was the president of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). In 1976 he taught composition for electroacoustic music at the Zurich School of Music.
His early compositional work shows an influence by Pierre Boulez. In his later works, Guyonnet becomes increasingly drawn to the large symphonic form and makes attempts at new musical practices (including elements of modern popular and electronic music). Guyonnet has published several novels since 1999.


Work list
Monades II (1959-1960)

Instrumentation: for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.3.4/perc/hp.cel.pf/str)

For Pierre Boulez.

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Monades III (1961)

Instrumentation: for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.3.1/4perc/hp.cel.pf/str)

For Hans Rosbaud.

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Polyphonies I, II, III (1959-1962)

Instrumentation: for viola/flute/piano, 2 pianos, viola/flute/2 pianos

Duration: 26' 00"
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"En trois éclats!" (1964)

Instrumentation: for piano solo and chamber orchestra

To and according to Pierre Boulez.

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
"Stèle in memoriam J.F.K." (1965)

Instrumentation: for chamber orchestra, electronics and narrator

Duration: 21' 00"
Manuscript
7 Portes du Temps (1966)
Three pieces

Instrumentation: for symphony orchestra (2.3.3.2/4.3.3.1/4perc/hp.cel.pf/16.14.10.8.5)

Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
"Let there be Events" (1968)

Instrumentation: A composition for three orchestral groups and one conductor

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Chronicles (1969)
A labyrinth for piano

Duration: 7' 00"-15' 00"
Manuscript
Images 3/4 du siècle (1970)
Ballet music

Instrumentation: for rockgroup, electronics

Duration: 7' 00"-15' 00"
Manuscript
Le Livre III (1970)

Instrumentation: for electronic sounds, trombone and bass flûte

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
A Single Requiem (1971)

Instrumentation: for alto solo and small ensemble

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Beethoven et le Labyrinthe (1973)

Instrumentation: for orchestra

Real and false Beethoven sketches, with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Lucifer Photophore (1974)
A color video tape on the interaction between music and synthesized image

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Maria Besta Sabida (1974)
A video fiction shown in VIDCOM 76

Duration: 62' 00"
Manuscript
Mémorial pour Artémis Calame (1974)

Instrumentation: for 4 trumpets and 4 trombones

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Les Seigneurs de la Culture (1974)
A video tape N/B, 1/2"

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Les Enfants du Désert (1974)
For Geneviève Calame

Instrumentation: for large strings orchestra

Duration: 8' 30"
Manuscript
Chronicles II (1975)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 4' 00"-20' 00"
Manuscript
Zornagore: une Saga (1976)
Poem

Instrumentation: for symphony orchestra and recitant

Texts: Michel Butor

Duration: 45' 00"
Manuscript
Immémoriales (1976)

Instrumentation: for piano and electronic sounds

Duration: 32' 00"
Manuscript
Les profondeurs de la Terre (1977)
A poem

Instrumentation: for symphony orchestra

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Tempi soli (1979)
For pieces

Instrumentation: for chamber orchestra

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Anagramme sur le nom de Geneviève Calame (1979)
A short piece

Instrumentation: for 4 brass instruments and mixed chorus

Duration: 1' 15"
Manuscript
Harmonique-Souffle (1980)
A Alberto Ginastera

Instrumentation: for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1/2.2.2.0/2perc/pf)

Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Electric Sorcerers (The Network story) (1980-1981)
Sketches for a rock opera

Instrumentation: for guitar/bass guitar/drums/synthesizers/electronics/string orchestra/percussion instruments and 4 voices

Duration: 62' 00"
Manuscript
D'Est en Ouest (une fusion?) (1981)
Music

Instrumentation: for two Indian solists and a group of rock players, female voice, guitar, bass guitar, 2 synthesizers, drums and electronic sounds

Duration: 35' 00"
Manuscript
La Cantate Interrompue (1983)
In memoriam Alberto Ginastera

Instrumentation: pour 2 pianos, 2 synthesizers DX7, brass quartet, 1 percussion, récitant

Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
La Cantate Interrompue (1983-1986)

Instrumentation: version for 11 soloists (2 pianos, 2 synthesizers DX7, brass quartet, 1 percussion, soprano voice, récitant) and large string orchestra

Duration: 55' 00"
Manuscript
Base/Anabase (1986)

Instrumentation: for piano solo and large chamber orchestra (or string orchestra)

Manuscript
Suite Baroque (1986)

Instrumentation: for harpsichord, piano and string orchestra

Vivo
Largo
Finale

Manuscript
Un soupir pour Aurore (1991)

Instrumentation: for violoncello and piano

Manuscript
Les Angiospermes (2003)
a spoken opera

Instrumentation: for six actors and big chamber orchestra

Popular comedy about the end of the world.
Roles: Josefina and Alma - the Angiosperms, Aline aka Apocaline - a housewife, Celsius - a shy lover, Jacques - the prisoner, Dieu aka Monsieur Borgès.

Manuscript
Diskographie
Jacques Guyonnet: La Cantate interrompue (Grammont Porträt Nr. 30-2, 1988)
Interpreters:
Guyonnet, Jacques
Works:
Guyonnet, Jacques: La Cantate Interrompue (1983)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Guyonnet, Jacques: Henri Scolari, compositeur genevois, in: Tribune de Genève (janvier 1961) 12 (1961)
Scolari, Henri: Une oeuvre genevoise à Paris ("Monades 2" de Jacques Guyonnet), in: La Suisse (22 déc 1960) (1960)