Georges Aperghis

Biography

Born: December 23, 1945; Athens, Greece  
Georges Aperghis is a Greek composer who works and lives in France. His work is characterized by a highly idiosyncratic and experimental style that makes use of text as a point of departure; theatrical works are very high on his list of priorities, and pieces of this kind are what he is best known for. Born in Athens right after the conclusion of the Second World War, Aperghis' mother was a painter and his father a sculptor, and for a time it Read more appeared certain that he would enter the visual arts as well. An encounter with the ORTF musique concrète school exemplified by Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry caused Aperghis to abandon his interest in painting, and in 1963 he settled in Paris to study music. His early works were influenced by Xenakis; somewhat later the music of John Cage and Mauricio Kagel also became particularly important to him. Aperghis first made an impact at the 1971 Avignon Festival with his theater piece La tragique histoire du nécromancien Hiéronimo et de son miroir, written for two sopranos, lute, and cello. The enthusiasm attending to Aperghis' first venture into music theater convinced the composer that he had found his calling; through 1996 Aperghis composed seven operas in addition to other, numerous works for the stage. Actors and musicians serve as equals in such productions, and Aperghis' choice of texts are often based on letters or non-fiction works drawn from Freud, Diderot, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and others. To facilitate regular performances of his unique theatrical works, Aperghis founded the Atelier Théâtre et Musique, or ATEM, in 1976 and was its director until 1990. Since 1996, Aperghis has moved away from his theater pieces and more toward instrumental composition. He is married to iconic French actress Edith Scob, an institution in France but best known outside of it as the star of Georges Franju's fancifully elegant horror film Les Yeux sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face from 1960). Read less
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  • 1.
    Aperghis: Wolfli-kantata / Creed, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 5625 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed
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  • 2.
    Inflorescence - Music From Soundscape / Arnold, Huang, Rosenkranz
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 140 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josh Levine,  Anton Webern,  Mark Applebaum,  Frederic Rzewski  ... 
    Performer:  Tony Arnold,  Aiyun Huang,  Thomas Rosenkranz
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    Hot / Ryan Muncy
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 130 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis,  Anthony Cheung,  Aaron Cassidy,  Marcos Balter  ... 
    Performer:  Nadia Sirota,  Ben Melsky,  Claire Chase
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Dal Niente
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    Aperghis: A Portee De Voix / Philippin, Ensemble Kiosk
    Label: Ameson   Catalog: 1019 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Valérie Phillipin
    Conductor:  Jean-philippe Causse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Esnemble Kiosk
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    Georges Aperghis: Contretemps; Seesaw; Parlando;teeter-totter
    Label: Kairos   Catalog: 13222 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Donatienne Michel-Dansac,  Uli Fussenegger
    Conductor:  Emilio Pomàrico
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum Wien
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    Donaueschinger Musiktage 2008
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 10944 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Isabel Mundry,  Enno Poppe,  Brice Pauset,  Ben Johnston  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Larcher,  Dror Feiler
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Franck Ollu,  Emilio Pomàrico  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern,  Klangforum Wien
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    Aperghis, Grisey, Sciarrino, Zimmermann: Works For Viola Solo
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 10920 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis,  Salvatore Sciarrino,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Gérard Grisey
    Performer:  Anna Spina
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  • 8.
    Sprechgesange
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6851 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Harvey,  Beat Furrer,  Georges Aperghis,  Unsuk Chin
    Performer:  Peter Veale,  Bettina Schmidt von Altenstadt,  Severine Ballon,  John Corbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Rundel,  Beat Furrer,  Sian Edwards,  Stefan Asbury
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    Aperghis: Crosswind / Strosser, Xasax
    Label: Kairos   Catalog: 12942 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Geneviève Strosser,  Pierre-Stéphane Meugé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Xasax
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    Aperghis - Storm Beneath A Skull
    Label: Juxtapositions   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 12/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Helene Schwartz,  Sophie Liger,  Matthieu Steffanus,  Pierre Lambla  ... 
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    Aperghis: Avis De Tempête / Octors, Michel-dansac, Et Al
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 5621 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Romain Bischoff,  Lionel Peintre,  Sebastien Roux,  Donatienne Michel-Dansac
    Conductor:  Georges-Elie Octors
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ictus Ensemble
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    East Meets West / Les Percussions De Strasbourg
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186156 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Miroglio,  Alain Louvier,  Georges Aperghis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble
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    Alles Theater / Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33680 Release Date: 08/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis,  Manuel Hidalgo,  Lucia Ronchetti,  Paolo Perezzani  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Leitz-Lorey,  Daniel Gloger,  Angelika Luz
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    Aperghis: Simulacres / Ensemble Accroche Note
    Label: Accord   Catalog: 4761635 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Francoise Kubler,  Denis Tempo,  Oliver Vivarès,  Emmanuel Sejourne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accroche-Note Ensemble
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    Aperghis: Die Hamletmaschine / Octors, Kubler, Et Al
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 5607 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Drouet,  Romain Bischoff,  Geneviève Strosser,  Francoise Kubler  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges-Elie Octors
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vocal Ensemble,  Ictus Ensemble
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    Neue Musik Darmstadt '98
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 20055 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  György Kurtág,  Toshio Hosokawa,  John Cage,  Salvatore Sciarrino  ... 
    Performer:  Maki Namekawa,  Mayumi Miyata,  Isao Nakamura,  Satroru Yaotani  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Kalitzke
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  • 17.
    Aperghis: Récitations / Martine Viard
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 82118 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Aperghis
    Performer:  Martine Viard
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