Pascal Dusapin

Biography

Born: 1955; Nancy, France  
Born in 1955 in Nancy, France, Pascal Dusapin has become one of the most important and acclaimed composers in France and beyond. In his youth, he played the organ, studied music at the Sorbonne, and was interested in jazz. As a composer, however, he is essentially self-taught, though he acknowledges the influence of Iannis Xenakis, whose seminar he attended at the Université de Paris between 1974 - 1978, and Italian composer Franco Donatoni, who Read more was at the Sorbonne in 1976. An award from the Fondation de la Vocation in 1977 enabled the young Dusapin to devote himself to composition, followed by a residency at the Villa Medicis in Rome in 1981 - 1983. He has been composing ever since, at a remarkably prolific rate.

The music of Dusapin is intensely lyrical, but in a thoroughly original style. The lines tend to be supple and elaborate, built from glissandi (sliding tones), microtones, and other coloristic techniques. His ear for texture is finely tuned, as is his architectural sensitivity to contrasts and balance of density, register, volume, and color. The melodic fluidity of his music indicates a strong attraction to the human voice, while at the same time, he has written virtually no music for piano or percussion. Dusapin's first large-scale work, Niobé, an oratorio for soprano, choir, and ensemble, dates from 1982. It has been followed by a succession of operatic projects, including Roméo & Juliette (1988), Medeamaterial (1990), La Melancholia (1991), and To Be Sung (1993). In 1994, he was named as composer-in-residence to the Orchestre National de Lyon, for whom he has written Extenso (1994) and Apex (1995). He has also composed concertos for flute, trombone, and cello, and has worked closely with chamber ensembles such as Accroche Note and Ensemble 2e2m. Read less
Dusapin: Perelà Uomo Di Fumo / Altinoglu, Et Al
Release Date: 03/22/2005   Label: Naive  
Catalog: 82168   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 1.
    Dusapin: O Mensch / Nigl, Wagner
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 20405 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Performer:  Georg Nigl,  Vanessa Wagner
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  • 2.
    Pascal Dusapin: Etudes Pour Piano [2cd+book]
    Label: Actes Sud   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Performer:  Vanessa Wagner
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  • 3.
    Accentus - Faure, Dusapin, Brahms: Requiems; Haydn; Seven Last Words Of Christ, Transcriptions / Equilbey
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5301 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Samuel Barber,  Gerard Pesson  ... 
    Performer:  Stèphane Degout,  Christophe Henry,  Luc Héry,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Maitrise de Paris,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France  ... 
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    Pascal Dusapin: 7 Solos For Orchestra / Rophe, Orchestre Philharmonique De Liege
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 782180 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Conductor:  Pascal Rophé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Pascal Dusapin: Concerto[s]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 782181 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Performer:  Ian Pace,  Sonia Wieder-Atherton,  Juliette Hurel,  Alain Trudel
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach,  Pascal Rophé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Montpellier National Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Dusapin: String Quartets, Trio / Arditti Quartet
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 983 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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  • 7.
    Melancolie
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5036 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Philip Glass,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Cabasso,  Lina Mkrtchyan,  Evgeni Talisman,  Adele Anthony  ... 
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa,  Laurence Equilbey,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Accentus,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    De Murcia: Codex / Lislevand, Ensemble Kapsberger
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8903 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Santiago de Murcia,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Fillippo Azzaiolo,  Einojuhani Rautavaara  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Anne Gastinel,  Juliette Hurel,  Philippe Spinosi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Kapsberger,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Doulce Mémoire  ... 
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  • 9.
    Dusapin: Perelà Uomo Di Fumo / Altinoglu, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 82168 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Performer:  Chantal Perraud,  Martine Mahé,  Nora Gubisch,  Friedemann Röhlig  ... 
    Conductor:  Alain Altinoglu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montpellier Opera Orchestra,  Montpellier Opera Chorus
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  • 10.
    Xenakis, Dusapin / Cécile Daroux, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 782173 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iannis Xenakis,  Pascal Dusapin
    Performer:  Cécile Daroux,  Jean-Marie Tréhard,  Jean Horreaux,  Jean-François Rivest  ... 
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    Dusapin: Comoedia, Fist, Aria, Etc / Nahon, Ars Nova
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 782150 Release Date: 07/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Conductor:  Philippe Nahon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova
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  • 12.
    Debussy, Jolivet, Et Al: Works For Flute / Hurel, Couvert
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4925 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Tanguy,  Pascal Dusapin,  Olivier Messiaen,  André Jolivet  ... 
    Performer:  Juliette Hurel,  Hélène Couvert
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    Dusapin:  Requiem[s] / Laurence Equilbey, Accentus, Ars Nova
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 82116 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin
    Performer:  Solange Añorga,  Kaoli Isshiki
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova Ensemble,  Accentus
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  • 14.
    Dutilleux: Ainsi La Nuit;  Dusapin: Time Zones, Etc
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 82125 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin,  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Irvine Arditti,  David Alberman,  Garth Knox,  Rohan de Saram
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet
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    D'un Siecle A L'autre
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 782096 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Gustav Mahler,  Claude Debussy,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Hüseyin Sermet,  Régis Pasquier,  Gustav Schmahl,  Manfred Reinelt  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Charles Munch,  Pierre Bartholomée,  Erich Bergel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Novák String Quartet,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra  ... 
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    Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart: Portrat
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 20030 Release Date: 06/01/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dieter Schnebel,  Josquin Des Préz,  Iannis Xenakis,  Brian Ferneyhough  ... 
    Performer:  Angelika Luz
    Conductor:  Manfred Schreier
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  • 17.
    In The Sky I Am Walking - Stockhausen, Dusapin / Voxnova
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 68 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pascal Dusapin,  Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voxnova
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