Monday, September 11, 2006

OBITUARY://Clermont Pépin

Top Quebec composer dies of liver cancer at 80

From Canada.com (Ottawa Citizen) - September 6, 2006

Clermont Pepin, an influential Quebec composer of the 20th century, died Saturday in Montreal at 80. His widow, violinist Mildred Goodman, said the cause was liver cancer.
Born in St-Georges-de-Beauce, Mr. Pepin received his music education in Montreal (with Arthur Letondal and Claude Champagne), Philadelphia (at the Curtis Institute as a scholarship student) and Toronto (with with Lubka Kolessa, Arnold Walter and Nicholas Goldschmidt at the Royal Conservatory). However, he found his true metier in Paris from 1949 to 1955, where he took Oliver Messiaen's famous analysis course along with such budding revolutionaries as Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Serge Garant. Thereafter, he left post-romanticism for atonality. He still harboured a romantic's enthusiasm for big works. Symphony No. 3 (Quasars) of 1967 and Symphony 5 (Implosion) of 1983 were commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pepin considered the latter his masterpiece. Mr. Pepin's last major score was La Messe sur le monde, a 45-minute work for bass, choir and orchestra performed in 1993 by the Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Pepin is survived by Ms. Goodman, his wife of 40 years, and four sisters. His funeral will be held Saturday at Montreal's Mount Royal Cemetery.


Clermont Pépin, Québécois Composer, Dies at 80

By Matthew Westphal
From PlaybillArts.com - 05 Sep 2006

The Quebec composer, pianist and teacher Clermont Pépin died on September 2 at the age of 80. According to his widow, violinist Mildred Goodman, the cause of death was liver cancer, reports The Ottawa Citizen.Born in 1926, Pépin studied at the Conservatory of Music in Montreal, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. In 1949 he won the Prix d'Europe, a Quebec government scholarship, and from 1949-1955 he studied in Paris with Arthur Honegger and André Jolivet. He also took Olivier Messiaen's famous class in analysis alongside Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
He is noted for his String Quartets Nos. 3 and 4, the ballets L'Oiseau-phénix and Le Porte-rêve, and his Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 and 5. Quasars (No. 3, 1967) and Implosion (No. 5, 1983) were commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; according to the Citizen, a 1993 revision of La Messe sur le monde (No. 4, 1975) was his last major score.
Pépin was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981 and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 1990.

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