Jean Barraqué (1928-1973)

Between 1951 and 1972, Jean Barraqué wrote much in the same way as he composed: his texts reflect his theoretical engagement, his technical and analytical needs (for his general musical understanding as well as for pedagogical and public dissemination), his sense for (sometimes fierce) polemic, and his general asceticism—or rather, an ethics valorising romantic categories of the sublime and the tragic, of night and of death. These texts, enriched by his study of the classical, romantic, and modern masters, exist in an eminently dialectical relation to his compositional practice. Setting aside short articles (including occasional concert reviews and analytical notes for dictionaries), verses for his compositions or planned compositions (à du hasardChant après chantLysanias and Portiques du feu), and programme notes for two works (Chant après chant and Concerto), his writings include a book on Debussy (Paris, Seuil, 1962); a guide to musical analysis (Guide de l’analyse musicale) and over sixty short analyses (in Le Guide du Concert); plus some forty articles and interviews, most of which are collected in a volume (Écrits; Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2001). This corpus may be grouped into five phases, which will be surveyed chronologically.

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birth year1928
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