Tisné, Antoine

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Tisné, Antoine

Tisné, Antoine, French composer; b. Lourdes, Nov. 29, 1932; d. Paris, Feb. 14, 1998. He studied at the Paris Cons. with Hugon, N. Gallon, Dufourcq, Milhaud, and Rivier, taking premiers prix in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition. In 1962 he won the 2nd Grand Prix de Rome and the Lili Boulanger Prize. From 1967 to 1992 he served as an inspector of music for the French Ministry of Culture. He also was a prof, of composition and orchestration at the Univ. of Paris. In 1992 he became inspector of music for the municipal conservatoires of the City of Paris. Among his honors were the Grand Prix musical of the City of Paris (1979) and the prize for composers of the Soc. of Authors, Composers, and Editors of Music (1988). In his music, Tisné adopted various contemporary techniques.


dramatic: La Ramasseuse de sarments, music theater (1980); Point fixe, ballet (1982); Les Enfants du Ciel, children’s musical spectacle (1984); Instant, ballet (1985); Le Chemin des bulles, children’s opera (1988); Pour l’amour d’Alban, opera (1993). ORCH.: 4 piano concertos (1959, 1961, 1962, 1992); 3 syms. (1959, 1963,1994); Chant d’amour et de mort (1962); A une ombre (1962); Mouvements symphoniques (1963); Cello Concerto (1965); Concerto for Flute and Strings (1965); Étude d’après Goya (1966); Cosmogonies for 3 Orchs. (1967); Séquences pour un rituel for Strings (1968); Violin Concerto (1969); Arches de lumière (1972); Ondes flamboyantes for Strings (1973); Stratégies for 4 Brass Groups (1973); Impacts for Ondes Martenot and 2 String Orchs. (1973); Dolmen II for Percussion Ensemble (1978); Reliefs irradiants de N.Y.(1979); Orbes de feu (1981); Temps spectral for Piano, 2 Wind Ensembles, and Percussion (1982); Mouvement concertant for Piano, Brass, and Strings (1985); La Tour for Harmony Orch. (1987); Hymne pour notre temps for 15 Saxophones (1989); Les Voiles de la nuit (1991); De la nuit à l’aurore for Oboe and Strings (1991); Célébration II for Strings (1991). CHAMBER: 4 string quartets (1956, 1979, 1979, 1988); Cello Sonata (1960); Wind Quintet (1961); Violin Sonata (1963); Visions des temps immémoriaux for Ondes Martenot, Piano, and Percussion (1964); Flute Sonata (1964); Viola Sonata (1966); Musique en trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1967); Strates colorées for Oboe, Trumpet, Trombone, and Viola (1970); Profils d’ombres for Violin and Piano (1972); Héraldiques for Trumpet and Piano (1975); Les Muses inquiétantes for Wind Septet and Percussion (1975); Isomorphies for String Sextet (1975); Musique en quatuor for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello (1976); Profils éclatés for Organ and 5 Brass (1976); Reflets d’un songe for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1977); Cyclades for Ondes Martenot and Piano (1978); Espaces irradiés for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1978); 3 Études for String Quartet (1978); Iles de temps for Ondes Martenot Sextet (1980); Épisodes new-yorkais for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, and Reciter ad libitum (1985); Sérénade de la nuit for Flute, Violin, and Viola (1990); Les Voix de l’ombre for Flute and String Trio (1991); 3 Études d’après des toiles de Maurice Denis for Flute and String Trio (1994). KEYBOARD: Piano: Sonata (1964); Soleils noirs (1967); Solars Vortices (1970); Bocéphal for 2 Pianos (1982). Organ: Luminescenes (1974); Alatamira (1975); Préludes (1989); Processional (1993). VOCAL: Cantique du printemps for Soprano, Tenor, and Orch.(1960); Chants d’espace I and II for Children’s Chorus (1974); Célébration I for 3 Choruses and 3 Orchs. (1975); Ragas for Reciter and Ondes Martenot Trio (1978); Passage for Soprano and Strings (1985); L’Heure des hommes, oratorio for Soprano, Men’s Chorus, and Harmony Orch. (1985); Le Fond du temps for 12 Voices (1986); Le Chant des yeux, oratorio for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1986); Antienne pour l’au-delà for Baritone and Strings (1987); Psaume 138 and 57 for Vocal Ensemble, Chorus, and Organ (1989); Maryam, oratorio for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1990); Dans la lumière d’Orcival for Chorus (1992); Invocation for Baritone and Orch. (1993).


D. Niemann, A. T., ou composer c’est exister (Paris, 1991).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire