Thienen, Marcel van

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Thienen, Marcel van

Thienen, Marcel van, French composer and sculptor; b. Paris, Oct. 3, 1922. He studied in Paris, receiving instruction in violin at the École Normale de Musique and at the Cons, (graduated, 1940); also studied composition at the Cons. Russe. After serving as director of the Haiti Cons. (1954-57), he returned to Paris and founded an electronic music studio. In the mid-1960s he turned to sculpture.


Le Ferroviaire, opera-farce (1951); Petite symphonie sur le temps (1944); Petite suite digestive (1951); several pieces for various instruments under the generic title Ammette; Le Damne for Soprano, Baritone, Men’s Chorus, Electronic Music, and Orch. (1962); songs with orch. accompaniment.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire