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FONTYN, Jacqueline

Jaqueline FONTYN was born in Antwerp on 27th December 1930. Her parents recognized her exceptional talent when she was only a toddler and entrusted her, soon after her fifth birthday, to the wonderful Russian piano teacher Ignace Bolotine. She had lessons daily, and Bolotine encouraged her to develop her taste for improvisation. At the age of fourteen, she decided to become a composer. She received her grounding in the techniques of composition from Marcel Quinet, then went to Paris where Max Deutsch, a fervent disciple of Schoenberg, taught her the twelve-tone system. She wrote in this style until 1979, although always with considerable freedom and flexibility.

In 1956 she attended Hans Swarowsky’s conducting class at the Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

From 1963 to 1990 she held the post of Professor of Music Theory, rising to Professor of Composition, firstly at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Antwerp and then at the Royal Brussels Conservatoire. She is a regular guest of universities and conservatoires in Europe (Germany, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland), the United States, the Middle East, Asia (China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan) and New Zealand.

Her catalogue of over a hundred works covers orchestral, vocal, chamber and instrumental pieces which are played throughout the world, figuring in the programs of leading orchestras and major festivals.

She has received many awards, most notably the Spanish Oscar Espla Prize and the Prix Arthur Honegger from the Fondation de France. She was asked to write the set piece, a Violin Concerto, for the finals of the 1976 Reine Elisabeth International Music Competition, and has twice undertaken commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, Washington.

Jacqueline Fontyn is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy and in 1993 the King of Belgium granted her the title of baroness in recognition of her artistic merit.

Broad harmonic effects, rhythmic flexibility and never ceasing exploration of instrumental resources are the hallmarks of her constantly evolving musical language. Its expressive and poetic dimensions appeal to the sensitive listener keen to discover new horizons.

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works

  • ...es ist ein Ozean..., 2000
    flute, clavichord and strings 00:14:00
  • Agami, 1974
    trumpet and piano 00:10:00
  • Alba, 1981
    Soprano, clarinet, cello, percussion or harp, piano 00:15:00
  • Analecta, 1981
    2 violins 00:09:00
  • Arachné, 1983
    orchestra 00:11:00
  • Aratoro, 1992
    band 00:14:00
  • Au fil des siècles, 2001
    orchestra 00:16:00
  • Aube, 1998
    flute, guitar and piano 00:14:00
  • Aura, 1982
    piano 00:03:30
  • Balance, 2002
    violin and piano 00:04:00
  • Ballade, 1964
    piano 00:06:45
  • Battement d'ailes, 1997
    saxophone quartet 00:08:00
  • Blake's mirror, 1993
    Mezzo-Soprano and symphonic wind orchestra 00:13:00
  • Bulles, 1980
    piano 00:07:00
  • Capriccio, 1954
    piano 00:04:30
  • Cheminement, 1986
    Soprano et 8 performers 00:17:00
  • Colinda, 1991
    cello and orchestra 00:20:00
  • Colloque, 1970
    woodwind quintet and strings 00:13:00
  • Compagnon de la nuit, 1989
    oboe and piano 00:05:00
  • Concerto, 1974
    violin and piano 00:18:00
  • Controverse, 1983
    clarinet or bass clarinet or tenor sax and percussion 00:07:00
  • Controverse, 1983
    clarinet and percussion 00:07:00
  • Controverse, 1983
    bass clarinet and percussion 00:07:00
  • Controverse, 1983
    tenor saxophone and percussion 00:07:00
  • Créneaux, 1982
    youth orchestra 00:10:00
  • Créneaux, 1982
    band 00:10:00
  • Danceries, 1953
    violin and piano 00:10:00
  • Deux rondels de Charles d'Orléans, 1956
    Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano and piano 00:07:00
  • Deux rondels de Charles d'Orléans, 1956
    Soprano and piano 00:07:00
  • Deux rondels de Charles d'Orléans, 1956
    Mezzo-Soprano and piano 00:07:00
  • Dialogues, 1969
    alto saxophone and piano 00:13:00
  • Digressions, 1964
    cello and piano 00:16:00
  • Diurnes op. 100, 2003
    piano 00:06:00
  • Ein (kleiner) Winternachtstraum, 2002
    orchestra 00:12:00
  • Either..., Or..., 1984
    2 violins, 2 violas or viola and clarinet, cello 00:17:00
  • Either..., Or..., 1984
    2 violins, 2 violas and cello 00:17:00
  • Either..., Or..., 1984
    clarinet and string quartet 00:17:00
  • Ephémères, 1979
    Mezzo-Soprano and orchestra 00:18:00
  • Evoluon, 1972
    orchestra 00:16:00
  • Five mosaics, 1965
    flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon 00:04:00
  • Fougères, 1981
    viola and harp 00:05:00
  • Fougères, 1981
    alto saxophone and piano 00:05:00
  • Fougères, 1981
    alto saxophone and harp 00:05:00
  • Fougères, 1981
    viola and piano 00:05:00
  • Frises, 1975
    band 00:16:00
  • Galaxie, 1965
    chamber orchestra 00:12:30
  • Halo, 1978
    harp and 16 instruments or chamber orchestra 00:16:00
  • Halo, 1978
    harp and chamber orchestra 00:16:00
  • Halo, 1978
    harp and 16 instruments 00:16:00
  • Het was een maghet uitvercoren, 1955
    mixed Choir a cappella 00:02:25
  • Horizons, 1977
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:16:00
  • Ich kannte meine Seele nicht, 1997
    mixed Choir a cappella 00:00:00
  • Ich kannte meine Seele nicht, 1997
    women's choir 00:00:00
  • In the green shade, 1988
    orchestra 00:15:00
  • Intermezzetto, 2000
    harp 00:05:00
  • Intermezzo, 1974
    harp 00:06:00
  • Koba, 2001
    violin and piano 00:03:00
  • Ku soko, 1990
    Soprano or Mezzo-soprano or Baritone and piano 00:05:30
  • Ku soko, 1990
    Soprano and piano 00:05:30
  • Ku soko, 1990
    Mezzo-Soprano and piano 00:05:30
  • Ku soko, 1990
    Baritone and piano 00:05:30
  • Ku soko, 1990
    Tenor or Baritone and piano 00:05:30
  • Ku soko, 1990
    Tenor and piano 00:05:30
  • Ku soko, 1990
    Baritone and piano 00:05:30
  • L'anneau de jade, 1996
    orchestra 00:14:00
  • La Devinière, 1987
    violin and piano 00:02:00
  • La fenêtre ouverte, 1997
    transverse flute or flute, gamba or cello and harpsichord or piano 00:13:00
  • La quinta stagione, 1991
    violin 00:08:00
  • Le gong, 1980
    piano 00:05:00
  • Madrigale e Canzone, 1968
    mixed Choir a cappella 00:07:00
  • Meglio tardi..., 1994
    flute, bass clarinet and piano 00:13:00
  • Mime I, 1980
    flute and piano 00:05:00
  • Mime I (IV), 1980
    flute and harp 00:05:00
  • Mime II, 1980
    clarinet and piano 00:05:00
  • Mime III, 1980
    alto saxophone and piano 00:05:00
  • Mime V, 1980
    clarinet and harp 00:05:00
  • Mime VI, 1996
    flute and guitar 00:06:00
  • Mime VII, 1999
    violin and guitar 00:05:00
  • Mimus, 2000
    violin and piano 00:06:00
  • Mosaïques, 1965
    clarinet and piano 00:07:00
  • Mosaici, 1964
    piano 00:04:00
  • Mosaico, 1965
    clarinet quartet 00:05:00
  • Musica a quatro, 1966
    violin, clarinet or viola, cello and piano 00:13:00
  • Musica a quatro, 1966
    violin, viola, cello and piano 00:13:00
  • Musica a quatro, 1966
    violin, clarinet, cello and piano 00:13:00
  • Nonetto, 1969
    fl., hb., cl., bn., c., v., alt., cello, cb. 00:13:00
  • On a landscape by Turner, 1992
    orchestra 00:16:00
  • Per archi, 1972
    string orchestra 00:13:00
  • Polissonnerie, 1991
    percussion and piano 00:09:00
  • Polissonnerie II, 2003
    2 percussionists and piano 00:09:00
  • Pour onze archets, 1971
    11 strings 00:13:00
  • Pro et antiverb(e)s, 1984
    Soprano and cello 00:12:00
  • Psalmus tertius, 1959
    Bar. solo, choir and piano 00:17:00
  • Quatre sites, 1977
    orchestra 00:17:00
  • Shadows, 1973
    harpsichord 00:06:00
  • Sieben Galgenlieder, 1994
    Soprano, oboe, cello and piano 00:15:00
  • Six ébauches, 1964
    orchestra 00:10:00
  • Six climats, 1972
    cello and piano 00:10:00
  • Spirales, 1971
    2 pianos 00:14:00
  • Strophes, 1970
    violin and piano 00:08:00
  • Sul cuor della terra, 1993
    flute, violin, viola, cello and harp 00:13:00
  • Sul cuor della terra, 1993
    flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano 00:13:00
  • Trio, 1956
    violin, cello and piano 00:12:00
  • Vent d'Est, 1995
    accordeon and 12 strings 00:14:00
  • Zéphyr, 1984
    bassoon and piano 00:08:00
  • Zones, 1979
    flute, clarinet, cello, percussion and piano 00:13:00
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