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 - Panorama Of Musique Concrète No. 2 (Works By Henry, Schaeffer And Philippot)  album art 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) Ducretet-Thomson Records (London), Ducretet-Thomson Records (London), Ducretet-Thomson Records (London) DTL.93121, DTL 93121, DTL93121 UK 1956 Sell This Version
33 LD 111 Pierre Henry - L'Occident Est Bleu / L'An Cinquante-Six album art 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
DR 30 S 1 Pierre Henry - Mariage De La Feuille Et Du Cliché album art 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 Pierre Henry - Saint-Exupéry album art Luc Estang & Pierre Henry Luc Estang & Pierre Henry - Saint-Exupéry Unidisc (2) N° 25 103 M France 1959 Sell This Version
CDR 140 Pierre Henry - Orphée album art Pierre Henry, Maurice Béjart Pierre Henry, Maurice Béjart - Orphée(LP, Album) Critère CDR 140 France 1960 Sell This Version
PM 30 Mc 27-29-31 Pierre Henry - L'Évangile Selon Saint Marc album art 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 album art 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 album art Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Matthieu(4xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Mt 19-21-23-25 France 1963 Sell This Version
835.484 LY Pierre Henry - Orphée Ballet album art Henry* Orphée Ballet (Album) Philips 835.484 LY France 1964 Sell This Version
UD 30.3005, 30 3005 Pierre Henry - La Reine Verte album art Pierre Henry La Reine Verte Unidisc (2) UD 30.3005, 30 3005 France 1965 Sell This Version
PM 30 Jn 01. 03.05.07 Pierre Henry - L'Évangile Selon Saint Jean album art Pierre Henry L'Évangile Selon Saint Jean(4xLP + Box) Pastorale Et Musique PM 30 Jn 01. 03.05.07 France 1965 Sell This Version
836.899 DSY, 836.899 Pierre Henry - Le Voyage (D'Après Le Livre Des Morts Tibétain) album art Pierre Henry Le Voyage (D'Après Le Livre Des Morts Tibétain) (Album) Philips 836.899 DSY, 836.899 France 1967 Sell This Version
836 898 DSY Pierre Henry - Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir album art Pierre Henry Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (Album) Philips 836 898 DSY France 1967 Sell This Version
09.144 CAA Pierre Henry - Les Jerks Électroniques De La Messe Pour Le Temps Présent Et Musiques Concrètes Pour Maurice Béjart album art 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) Philips 09.144 CAA France 1967 Sell This Version
836.892 DSY Pierre Henry - La Noire À Soixante / Granulométrie album art Pierre Henry La Noire À Soixante / Granulométrie (Album) Philips 836.892 DSY France 1968 Sell This Version
837.923/25 LY Pierre Henry - Apocalypse De Jean album art Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Album) Philips 837.923/25 LY France 1969 Sell This Version
ILPS 9107, ILPS-9107 Pierre Henry - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass album art Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass (Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9107, ILPS-9107 UK 1969 Sell This Version
836.887 , 836 887 , 836.887 DSY Pierre Henry - Voile D'Orphée I Et II / Entité / Spirale album art Pierre Henry Voile D'Orphée I Et II / Entité / Spirale (Album) Philips 836.887 , 836 887 , 836.887 DSY France 1969 Sell This Version
6521 001 Pierre Henry - Apocalypse De Jean (Volume I) album art Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume I) Philips 6521 001 France 1970 Sell This Version
6521 002 Pierre Henry - Apocalypse De Jean (Volume II) album art Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume II) Philips 6521 002 France 1970 Sell This Version
6510 001 Pierre Henry - Messe De Liverpool album art Pierre Henry Messe De Liverpool Philips 6510 001 France 1970 Sell This Version
6521 003 Pierre Henry - Apocalypse De Jean  (Volume III) album art Pierre Henry Apocalypse De Jean (Volume III)(LP, Album) Philips 6521 003 France 1970 Sell This Version
RL 43-0 Pierre Henry - Ceremony / Cricklewood Green album art 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
6521 022 Pierre Henry - Mise En Musique Du Corticalart De Roger Lafosse album art Pierre Henry Mise En Musique Du Corticalart De Roger Lafosse Philips 6521 022 France 1971 Sell This Version
6504 052 Pierre Henry - Mouvement-Rythme-Étude album art Pierre Henry Mouvement-Rythme-Étude (Album) Philips 6504 052 Canada 1972 Sell This Version