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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DTL.93121, DTL 93121, DTL93121 Pierre Henry / Pierre Schaeffer / Michel Philippot Pierre Henry / Pierre Schaeffer / Michel Philippot - Panorama Of Musique Concrète No. 2 (Works By Henry, Schaeffer And Philippot) (LP, Promo) London Ducretet-Thomson, London Ducretet-Thomson, London Ducretet-Thomson DTL.93121, DTL 93121, DTL93121 UK 1957 Sell This Version
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33 LD 111 L'Occident Est Bleu / L'An Cinquante-Six — Pierre Henry Paul Sarisson Présente Claude Pascal* Dit Par Michel Vitold Dit Par Silvia Monfort Musique De Pierre Henry Paul Sarisson Présente Claude Pascal* Dit Par Michel Vitold Dit Par Silvia Monfort Musique De Pierre Henry - L'Occident Est Bleu / L'An Cinquante-Six Discolivre 33 LD 111 France 1958 Sell This Version
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DR 30 S 1 Mariage De La Feuille Et Du Cliché — Pierre Henry 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
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N° 25 103 M Saint-Exupéry — Pierre Henry Luc Estang & Pierre Henry Luc Estang & Pierre Henry - Saint-Exupéry Unidisc (2) N° 25 103 M France 1959 Sell This Version
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CRD 140 Orphée — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry / Maurice Béjart - Alain Cuny Pierre Henry / Maurice Béjart - Alain Cuny - Orphée(LP, Album) Critère CRD 140 France 1960 Sell This Version
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PM 30 Mc 27-29-31 L'Évangile Selon Saint Marc — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Marc(3xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Mc 27-29-31 France 1963 Sell This Version
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PM 30 Lc 09.11.13.15.17 L'Évangile Selon Saint Luc — Pierre Henry 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
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PM 30 Mt 19-21-23-25 L'Évangile Selon Saint Matthieu — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Matthieu(4xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Mt 19-21-23-25 France 1963 Sell This Version
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835.484 LY Orphée Ballet — Pierre Henry Henry* Orphée Ballet (Album) Philips 835.484 LY France 1964 Sell This Version
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UD 30.3005, 30 3005 La Reine Verte — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry La Reine Verte Unidisc (2) UD 30.3005, 30 3005 France 1965 Sell This Version
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PM 30 Jn 01. 03.05.07 L'Évangile Selon Saint Jean — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Jean(4xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Jn 01. 03.05.07 France 1965 Sell This Version
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836 899 DSY Le Voyage (D'Après Le Livre Des Morts Tibétain) — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Le Voyage (D'Après Le Livre Des Morts Tibétain) (Album) Philips 836 899 DSY France 1967 Sell This Version
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836.898 DSY Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (Album) Philips 836.898 DSY France 1967 Sell This Version
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PF. 6893 Les Jerks Électroniques De La Messe Pour Le Temps Présent Et Musiques Concrètes Pour Maurice Béjart — Pierre Henry Pierre HenryMichel Colombier Pierre HenryMichel Colombier - Les Jerks Électroniques De La Messe Pour Le Temps Présent Et Musiques Concrètes Pour Maurice Béjart (Album, Comp) Philips PF. 6893 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
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836.892 DSY La Noire À Soixante / Granulométrie — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry La Noire À Soixante / Granulométrie (Album) Philips 836.892 DSY France 1968 Sell This Version
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7903 018 Les Jerks Électroniques De La Messe Pour Le Temps Présent Et Musiques Concrètes Pour Maurice Béjart — Pierre Henry Pierre HenryMichel Colombier Pierre HenryMichel Colombier - Les Jerks Électroniques De La Messe Pour Le Temps Présent Et Musiques Concrètes Pour Maurice Béjart(Reel, 4tr Stereo) Philips 7903 018 France 1968 Sell This Version
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837.923/25 LY Apocalypse De Jean — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Album) Philips 837.923/25 LY France 1969 Sell This Version
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836.887 , 836 887 , 836.887 DSY Voile D'Orphée I Et II / Entité / Spirale — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Voile D'Orphée I Et II / Entité / Spirale (Album) Philips 836.887 , 836 887 , 836.887 DSY France 1969 Sell This Version
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6521 001 Apocalypse De Jean (Volume I) — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume I) Philips 6521 001 France 1970 Sell This Version
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6510 001 Messe De Liverpool — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Messe De Liverpool (Album) Philips 6510 001 France 1970 Sell This Version
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6521 002 Apocalypse De Jean (Volume II) — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume II) Philips 6521 002 France 1970 Sell This Version
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SFL-933864 Ceremony: An Electronic Mass — Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass (Album) Island Records, Island Records SFL-933864 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
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6521 003 Apocalypse De Jean  (Volume III) — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume III)(LP, Album) Philips 6521 003 France 1970 Sell This Version
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RL 43-0 Ceremony / Cricklewood Green — Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth, Pierre Henry / Ten Years After Spooky Tooth, Pierre Henry / Ten Years After - Ceremony / Cricklewood Green(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL 43-0 US 1970 Sell This Version
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6521 022 Mise En Musique Du Corticalart De Roger Lafosse — Pierre Henry Pierre Henry Mise En Musique Du Corticalart De Roger Lafosse Philips 6521 022 France 1971 Sell This Version