Personalities | Jean Barraqué | Contemporary | Classical

(Zhan Bar-ra’-ke) 1928–73
French composer

A pupil of Olivier Messiaen (1908–92), Barraqué was profoundly affected by his relationship with Michel Foucault. He also shared many of Boulez’s concerns and believed in the necessity of serial technique, but did not follow the general trend of the 1950s into total serialism. Barraqué’s vision of music was far grander and he shared Ludwig van Beethoven’s (1770–1827) monumental view of music. His high philosophical ideals are clearly evident in Séquence (1950–54). Barraqué completed only seven works, but his writing has a fullness and breadth almost unparalleled in the serial tradition.

Recommended Recording:
Complete Works, Klangforum Wien (cond) Sylvain Cambreling (CPO)

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