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Malec, Ivo

Malec, Ivo

Malec, Ivo, Croatian-born French composer, conductor, and teacher; b. Zagreb, March 30, 1925. He studied at the Univ. and at the Academy of Music in Zagreb (1945–51). He was director of the Rijeka (Fiume) Opera (1952–53). In 1955 he traveled to Paris, where he met Pierre Schaeffer (1957) and participated in his Groupe de Musique Concrète. In 1959 he settled in Paris and joined the Service de la Recherche de I’ORTF in 1960. He also worked with the Groupe de Recherche Musicale and taught at the Paris Cons. (1972–90). In 1992 he won the Grand Prix national de la musique. He has been honored by the French government as a Commandeur des Arts et Lettres. From 1956 his music has explored the extremes of timbre and complexity.


dramatic: Operabus, 2 scenes from the collective opera, after Schaeffer (Zagreb, May 15,1965); Le Roi Lear,theater piece (Paris, May 6, 1967); Victor HugoUn contre tous, musical poster for 2 Actors, Chorus, Orch., and Tape, after Hugo (Avignon, Aug. 1,1971); incidental music.orch.:Sym. (1951); Maquettes for 17 Instruments (1957); Mouvements en couleur (1959; Paris, March 19, 1960); Séquences for Vibraphone and Strings (1960; Strasbourg, Jan. 28,1963); Tutti for Orch. and Tape (1962; Paris, March 18, 1963); Sigma (Zagreb, May 16, 1963); Oral for Actor and Orch. (Zagreb, May 19, 1967); Vocatif (Paris, Nov. 9, 1968); Gam(m)es (Strasbourg, June 10, 1971); Tehrana (Tehran, Oct. 8, 1975); Arco- 22 for 22 Strings (Shiraz, Aug. 21, 1976); Ottava bassa for Double Bass and Orch. (1983; Paris, April 10, 1984); Exempla (1994; Geneva, May 12, 1995); Ottava alta, violin concerto (Luxembourg, Dec. 14,1995); Sonoris causa (1997; Paris, Feb. 8, 1998); Arc-en-cello, cello concerto (1999–2000). chamber: Piano Trio (Zagreb, May 1950); Sonata brevis for Cello and Piano (1956); Exercice de style (baroque) for Strings (1958; Zagreb, Feb. 22,1960); Trois stèles for Instruments (1963); Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll for Violin, Flute, Harp, and Percussion (Opatija, Nov. 20, 1964); Échos for 10 Musicians (1965); Planètes for Instruments (1966); Lumina for 12 Strings and Tape (Lucerne, Sept. 7, 1968); Kitica for Violin, Flute, Clarinet, and Trombone (Paris, June 27, 1972); Actuor for 6 Percussionists (Strasbourg, April 1, 1973); Arco- 11 for 11 Strings (Paris, June 12,1975); Vieris for 2 Harps (Paris, Aug. 18, 1985); Attacca, concerto for Solo Percussion and Tape (1985–86; Metz, Nov. 20, 1986); Arco-1 for Cello (Paris, June 18, 1987); Saturnalia for Double Bass (1996; Zagreb, April 22, 1999). keyboard: p i a n o: Sonata (1949); Dialogues (1961; Zagreb, May 12,1963; also for Harpsichord, Frankfurt am Main, Dec. 5, 1966). organ:Doppio coro (Paris, June 14, 1993). vocal:Poèmes de Radovan for Soprano or Tenor and Piano (1952; Zagreb, Dec. 1954); Cantate pour elle for Soprano, Harp, and Tape (Paris, May 25,1966); Lied for 18 Voices and 39 Strings (Dubrovnik, July 30, 1969); Dodecameron for 12 Solo Voices (1970; Bologna, Feb. 22,1971); Vox, vocisj.for 3 Women’s Voices and 9 or 15 Instruments (Metz, Nov. 16, 1979). tape:Mavena (1956); Reflets (1960); Dahovi (1961); Luminetudes (1968; Bordeaux, Nov. 19, 1970); Bizarra (Paris, May 17, 1972); Triola ou Symphonie pour moi-même (Metz, Nov. 18,1978); Recitativo (Paris, June 21, 1980); Carillon Choral (1981; Paris, March 22, 1982); Week-end for 3 Synthesizers and Tape (Paris, May 3, 1982; 2ndversion utilizing movements 3 and 4 for Tape, 1982); Artemisia (Paris, May 24, 1991).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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