Pierre Henry

Pierre Henry

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Pierre Henry (born 9 December 1927, Paris, France - died 5 July 2017, Paris, France) was a French composer, considered a pioneer of the musique concrète genre of electronic music.

After completing traditional studies at the Academy of Paris, with Olivier Messiaen (harmony) and Nadia Boulanger (composition), Pierre made in 1949 a decisive meeting with Pierre Schaeffer, with whom he foundered the GRMC (Groupe de recherche de musique concrète) dedicated to the experimentation in "concrete music". In collaboration with Schaeffer, he wrote Symphonie pour un homme seul (1950) and the "concrete" opera Orphée (1951) (revised as Orphée 53 (1953)), which has the astonishing sequence Le Voile d'Orphée", where already one finds the technique of audio time stretching, a characteristic of his style and the presence of death: a subject that inspired him.

After having founded his own studio Studio Apsome, he undertook a long collaboration with the choreographer Maurice Béjart. His compositions from the early 1960s have a certain purity, such as the ballet Le Voyage (1962) inspired by the Tibetan Book of Dead, and the famous Variations pour une porte et un soupir (1963). As the decade progressed his music adopted increasingly spiritual and meditative qualities, such as Messe de Liverpool (1967-68) and Apocalypse de Jean (1968). Even more ambitious works followed: Dixième symphonie (1979) (a gigantic joining of extracts of the nine symphonies of Beethoven) and Noces chymiques (1980), that had him simultaneously in the roles of composer and director.

Pierre Henry's productivity, coupled with his taste of excess and his extraordinary imagination made him the most prolific composer of electroacoustic music of his time. Owner of Studio Son/Ré.
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Pierre Henry Discography

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Paul Sarisson Présente Claude Pascal (3) Dit Par Michel Vitold Dit Par Silvia Monfort Musique De Pierre Henry Paul Sarisson Présente Claude Pascal (3) Dit Par Michel Vitold Dit Par Silvia Monfort Musique De Pierre Henry - L'Occident Est Bleu / L'An Cinquante-Six Discolivre France 1958 Sell This Version
DR 30 S 1 Pierre Henry, Darius Milhaud Pierre Henry, Darius Milhaud - Mariage De La Feuille Et Du Cliché(LP) Vega DR 30 S 1 France 1958 Sell This Version
N° 25 103 M Luc Estang & Pierre Henry Luc Estang & Pierre Henry - Saint-Exupéry(10") Unidisc (2) N° 25 103 M France 1959 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry, Maurice Béjart Pierre Henry, Maurice Béjart - Orphée (Album) Critère France 1960 Sell This Version
PM 30 Mc 27-29-31 Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Marc(3xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Mc 27-29-31 France 1963 Sell This Version
PM 30 Lc 09.11.13.15.17 Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Luc(5xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Lc 09.11.13.15.17 France 1963 Sell This Version
PM 30 Mt 19-21-23-25 Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Matthieu(4xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Mt 19-21-23-25 France 1963 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry La Reine Verte Unidisc (2) France 1965 Sell This Version
PM 30 Jn 01. 03.05.07 Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Jean(4xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Jn 01. 03.05.07 France 1965 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Le Voyage (D'Après Le Livre Des Morts Tibétain) (Album) Philips UK 1967 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry, Michel Colombier Pierre Henry, Michel Colombier - Les Jerks Électroniques De La Messe Pour Le Temps Présent Et Musiques Concrètes Pour Maurice Béjart (Album, Comp) Philips France 1967 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (Album) Philips France 1967 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry La Noire À Soixante / Granulométrie (Album) Philips France 1968 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Album) Philips France 1969 Sell This Version
Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass (Album) Island Records, Island Records New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Voile D'Orphée I Et II / Entité / Spirale Philips France 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume II) Philips France 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Messe De Liverpool Philips France 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume I) Philips France 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Mise En Musique Du Corticalart De Roger Lafosse Philips France 1971 Sell This Version
Pierre Schaeffer / Pierre Henry Pierre Schaeffer / Pierre Henry - Symphonie Pour Un Homme Seul / Concerto Des Ambiguïtés (Album) Philips France 1972 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Mouvement-Rythme-Étude (Album) Philips Canada 1972 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Machine Danse (Album) Philips Canada 1973 Sell This Version
Pierre Henry Prismes Philips France 1973 Sell This Version
6510 015 Pierre Henry Cortical Art III(LP) Philips 6510 015 France 1973 Sell This Version