Coppens, Claude A(lbert)

views updated

Coppens, Claude A(lbert)

Coppens, Claude A(lbert) , Belgian pianist, teacher, and composer; b. Schaerbeek, Dec. 23, 1936. He studied at the Brussels Cons. (1944–52), and with Jacques Fevrier and Marguerite Long in Paris, completing his education at the Univ. of Brussels (doctorate in law, 1960). He was active as a teacher at the conservatories in Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent.


Symetries A for 9 Instruments (1960–61); Piano Sonata (1964); Due sinfonie per tre gruppi (1965–66); Concerting Variations for Violin and 9 Instruments (1970); Gedichtje van St. Niklaas, cantata for Boy’s Chorus and Small Orch. (1970–71); The Horn of Plenty, musical play (1978); Saxophone Quartet (1979–80); Sonata for Flute and Cello (1981–82); Skiai for Trombone and Percussion (1982); XIII Pages for Xiii Clarinets : Portrait of the Artist as a Young-Old Man for Clarinet Orch. (1982–83); …un coup de des jamais n’abolira le hasard… for Marimba and Clarinet Orch. (1984; also for Harpsichord and String Orch.); Logoganic Patterns for Double Percussion (1984).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire