Pousseur, Henri äNrē´ po͞osör´ [key]
, 1929–2009, Belgian composer, b. Malmédy. Considered the leader of the Belgian avant-garde, he studied composition with André Souris and Pierre Boulez
and worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen
, Luciano Berio
, and Bruno Maderna
in electronic music
. Pousseur composed for both traditional and electronic instruments. Among his works are Seismogrammes
(1953), for magnetic tape; Mobile
(1958), for two pianos; Electre
(1960), an electronic ballet; Votre Faust
(1968), an opera with variable plot, libretto by Michel Butor
; La Seconde Apothéose de Rameau
(1981), for chamber orchestra: Déclarations d'Orage
(1988–89), for speaker, soprano, baritone, alto saxophone, tuba, synthesizer, orchestra, and tape; La Guirlande de Pierre
(1997), for soprano, baritone, and piano; and Les Icare africains
(2002), for solo voices, choir, and orchestra.
See his Musique, sémantique, société (1974).
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