Pousseur, Henri

Pousseur, Henri äNrē´ po͞osör´ [key], 1929–2009, Belgian composer, b. Malmédy. Considered the leader of the Belgian avant-garde, he studied composition with André Souris and Pierre Boulez and worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen , Luciano Berio , and Bruno Maderna in electronic music . Pousseur composed for both traditional and electronic instruments. Among his works are Seismogrammes (1953), for magnetic tape; Mobile (1958), for two pianos; Electre (1960), an electronic ballet; Votre Faust (1968), an opera with variable plot, libretto by Michel Butor ; La Seconde Apothéose de Rameau (1981), for chamber orchestra: Déclarations d'Orage (1988–89), for speaker, soprano, baritone, alto saxophone, tuba, synthesizer, orchestra, and tape; La Guirlande de Pierre (1997), for soprano, baritone, and piano; and Les Icare africains (2002), for solo voices, choir, and orchestra.

See his Musique, sémantique, société (1974).

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