Jean Barraqué

1928

Born in Puteaux near Paris on 17 January

1940–1943

Secondary school and music studies as a choirboy at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

1945–1947

Years of selfinstruction. Copied classical and romantic scores. First attempts at composition. Private instruction in harmony, counterpoint and fugue with Jean Langlais

1948–1951

Studied analysis with Olivier Messiaen

1951–1954

Practical training with Groupe de Recherches pour la Musique Concrète

1952

Completed his Sonate for piano

1955

Completed his Séquence

1956

Revised overview of La Mort de Virgile after Hermann Broch's philosophical novel “Der Tod des Vergil”

1959

Completed ... au-delà du hasard

1960

Made acquaintance of Italian music patron Aldo Bruzzichelli who publishes all his works    

1962–1970

Research assistant at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris

1966

Completed Chant après chant

1968

Completed Le Temps restitué in February after writing an initial version in 1957. Completed Concerto in October

1961–1973

Preliminary studies and sketches for various works inspired by “Der Tod des Vergil”: Discours, Lysanias, Portiques du Feu, L'Homme couché. None of these works is brought to completion

1973

Died in Paris on 17 August

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“For me music is everything, it is life in its entirety.”

     Jean Barraqué

“Music is drama, pathos, death... When it isn't, when it doesn't overstep every boundary, it is nothing at all.”

     Jean Barraqué

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