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Boosey to publish Claude Vivier

Boosey & Hawkes has announced the signing of an agreement to publish the music of the late Claude Vivier. Vivier, once dubbed "the finest French composer of his generation" by Gyorgy Ligeti, was murdered in 1983 at the age of 34, but leaves behind some 49 compositions in a variety of genres.

Early in his career, Vivier studied composition with Stockhausen and fell considerably under his influence. A visit to Bali in 1976 caused him to reevaluate his approach to music and he went on to write a number of unique works.

"Most of all, it was in his cycle of pieces for voice and instrumental ensemble, particularly Lonely Child and Prologue pour un Marco Polo, that Vivier's unique style crystalized."

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