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MICHEL, Paul-Baudouin

Paul-Baudouin MICHEL was born at Haine-St-Pierre in 1930.
After a classical education, complete musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Mons, and the obtaining of a certificat for music teaching, he stayed for three years at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel, where he studied composition with Jean Absil. There he obtained in 1962 the diploma of "Graduat of the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel".

He also studied conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and at the Summer Academy in Nice. After having occupied himself actively with "Jeunesses Musicales" and "Musique Vivante" in Mons, he has been director of the Music Academy of Woluwe-St-Lambert during 32 years. There he also teached harmony and music history. He has been professor of composition at the Royal Conservatories of Mons and Brussels.

At the moment, he is professor of analysis at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel, and since 1997 he is member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium. One should also mention his activities as a lecturer on new music.

In only a few years, Paul-Baudouin MIichel obtained numerous prizes, e.g. the Emile Doehaerd prize, awarded by CeBeDeM, and four times the prize of composition for the compulsary work of the second selection of the "Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition - Belgium", for violin in 1967 and 1993, for piano in 1972 and 1991. One should also mention the international radiophonic prize Paul Gilson, the Camille Huysmans prize, two prizes of the Royal Academy, the Ernest Bloch prize, the prize Créamuse and the special prize of the city of Geneva for his chamber-opera bouffa "Orphée abymé" (video).

Until 1963 Paul-Baudouin Michel wrote a number of works which could be designated atonal, yet displaying a firm thematic structure and even a certain melodiousness. After several stays abroad, especially at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt, where he had the opportunity to meet the important names of new music, and to follow their courses of analysis, he first got interested in serial music, in which the classical forms are clearly abandoned. A simple starting point to arrive at newer structures of music, such as open and mobile forms in which the form, or rather the course changes at each performance, following different procedures for each work, and at the will of the interpreter, who's cooperation is requested. If occasionaly a certain coincidence is tolerated in the superposition of certain musical cells, this doesn't mean that the music is "aleatory". It is rather a kind of musical heuristics.

The interest of the composer is also often focused on the enrichment of the colour of sound, by a diversity of instrumental timbres by means of new ways of producing sound, which accentuates the composer's interest in electro-acoustical music ("The Graal gras" was realized at the Centre de Recherche musicale de Wallonie). Many of his works show a particular care for a renewal of thought and form. His music wishes to be an exact balance between imagination-instinct-sensibility and intellingence-thought-construction.
In spite of his inclination towards investigation or even experience, but considering his pedagogical functions, Paul-Baudouin Michel didn't hesitate to write technically easy or even didactic works: "Piano mon ami", "D'une aventure à l'autre", "Vingt doigts pour un carnaval".

On another level, the composer sometimes looks for a philosophical tenor ("Le Feu et le Monde" on a text of Teilhard de Chardin), a social one ("La Crétinisation"), a psycho-political one (in the opera "Jeanne la Folle", the character is primarely considered as a victim of the 'raison d'état'), or a humanistic one ("Ecce Homo" is based on all Latin words, which can be applied to the human person).

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works

  • 200.000 duos op. 101, 1979
    flutes 00:08:00
  • A la mémoire des enfants morts op. 175, 1999
    2 oboes, 1 cor anglais, 2 clarinets,2 horns, 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon 00:05:30
  • Alternanza op. 151, 1992
    violin and piano 00:06:30
  • Antithèse op. 93, 1978
    percussion and piano 00:10:00
  • Apesanteur op. 139, 1989
    piano 00:06:30
  • Approche op. 155, 1993
    alto saxophone and piano 00:04:00
  • Arcode op. 66, 1974
    saxophone quartet 00:10:00
  • Atomes crochus op. 191, 2007
    clarinet and string quartet 00:16:00
  • Autour op. 153, 1992
    7 players 00:11:00
  • Bagatelle lyrique op. 133, 1988
    violin and piano 00:06:00
  • Ballade-jeu op. 75, 1975
    violin and piano 00:05:00
  • Bassonnance op. 26, 1966
    bassoon solo with or without tape 00:10:00
  • Bassonnance op. 26, 1966
    bassoon 00:10:00
  • Bassonnance op. 26, 1966
    bassoon solo and tape 00:10:00
  • Berceuse pour Charlotte et Léa op. 192
    four hands piano 00:00:00
  • Bleus voor Mibambwe op. 74, 1975
    percussion 00:04:00
  • Cantilène - jeu op. 81, 1976
    cello and piano 00:05:00
  • Capriccio op. 79, 1976
    trumpet and piano 00:06:30
  • Chantons, rions op. 114, 1981
    Children's choir and piano 00:12:00
  • Chevaux de mer op. 160, 1994
    alto saxophone and four-handed piano 00:07:00
  • Choral de corail op. 176, 1999
    4 keyboard percussion 00:11:00
  • Cinq danses caractérielles op. 166, 1995
    marimba, trombone and piano 00:15:00
  • Cinq images op. 44bis, 1972
    flute, clarinet and bassoon (or horn) 00:07:20
  • Cinq inframorphoses op. 18, 1963
    strings 00:08:00
  • Cinq minerais op. 92, 1978
    2 cellos 00:10:00
  • Cinq postludes poétiques op. 33, 1967
    piano 00:07:00
  • Cinq postludes poétiques op. 33, 1967
    piano 00:06:30
  • Clarbassonance op. 26bis, 1971
    bass clarinet and tape ad libitum 00:10:00
  • Colloque op. 30, 1967
    trumpet, piano, percussion 00:16:00
  • Comic Strip op. 53, 1971
    bass clarinet and tape 00:10:30
  • Concaténation op. 31, 1967
    chamber orchestra 00:16:00
  • Concertinetto op. 131, 1987
    piano and orchestra 00:02:30
  • Concertinetto op. 131, 1987
    two pianos 00:02:30
  • Concertino op. 161, 1994
    four-handed piano and chamber orchestra 00:07:00
  • Concertino op. 161, 1994
    piano and four-handed piano 00:07:00
  • Concerto op. 127, 1986
    2 pianos 00:18:00
  • Concerto op. 127, 1986
    cymbals and orchestra 00:18:00
  • Concerto "Parlato" op. 184, 2002
    clarinet and orchestra 00:16:00
  • Concerto "Parlato" op. 184, 2002
    clarinet and piano 00:16:00
  • Concerto memoria op. 152, 1992
    violin and orchestra 00:15:00
  • Concerto memoria op. 152, 1992
    violin and piano 00:15:00
  • Concerto n°2 op. 162, 1994
    piano and orchestra 00:15:00
  • Concerto n°2 op. 162
    two pianos 00:15:00
  • Concerto per pianoforte ed orchestra op. 128, 1986
    pianoforte and orchestra 00:14:30
  • Concerto per pianoforte ed orchestra op. 128, 1986
    2 pianos 00:14:30
  • Confluences op. 70, 1974
    chamber orchestra in 2 groups 00:10:00
  • Corps ébruité op. 85, 1977
    Mezzo-Soprano and piano 00:09:00
  • Courbe rentrante op. 165, 1995
    2 marimbas 00:08:00
  • D'une aventure à l'autre ou De fil en aiguille op. 37, 1968
    piano 00:10:00
  • Décentrement op. 110, 1980
    flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon 00:16:00
  • Délitation I op. 36, 1968
    bass clarinet and piano 00:10:00
  • Délitation II op. 39, 1969
    string quartet and tape recorder 00:10:00
  • Dialectophonie op. 183, 2002
    arpeggione and piano 00:11:00
  • Ecce Homo op. 122, 1983
    choir a cappella and B. solo 00:19:30
  • Ellipse op. 123, 1983
    4 saxophones and 2 harps 00:20:00
  • En Balade op. 77, 1975
    flute, 2 oboe, trumpet, clarinet 00:08:00
  • Enfant, clé, nuit, bulle op. 164, 1995
    mixed Choir a cappella 00:08:00
  • Engrenage op. 190, 2007
    flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano 00:12:00
  • Entrez! op. 171, 1996
    cello and harp 00:11:00
  • Eole Maîtrisé op. 95, 1978
    twelve clarinets, two blowpipes en magnetic band 00:15:00
  • Epithétisme op. 174, 1997
    string quintet and horn 00:12:00
  • Equateur op. 15, 1962
    S., B., mixed choir and orchestra 00:06:00
  • Et le Verbe s'est fait son op. 63, 1973
    six to twenty instruments 00:13:00
  • Excentration op. 76, 1975
    flute and piano 00:12:00
  • Expansion I op. 112, 1981
    string quartet 00:21:00
  • Facettes op. 105, 1980
    oboe and piano 00:06:35
  • Flux et parenthèses op. 48, 1971
    oboe (also cor anglais) and harp 00:12:00
  • Fondu-enchaîné op. 104, 1980
    cor anglais and piano 00:06:20
  • Gravures op. 54, 1972
    2 trumpets and 1 horn 00:04:30
  • Hivernal op. 138, 1989
    orchestra 00:07:30
  • Hommage à François Rabelais op. 8, 1960
    flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon 00:16:00
  • Hommage à Paul Delvaux op. 135, 1988
    alto saxophone and harpsichord 00:09:00
  • Hors-Temps op. 43, 1970
    orchestra 00:50:00
  • Houles op. 4, 1960
    Soprano and piano 00:06:00
  • Humoresque nocturne et rondo op. 103, 1979
    chamber orchestra 00:11:00
  • Hymne op. 118, 1982
    trumpet and organ 00:06:30
  • Interludes poétiques op. 67, 1974
    Narrator, vibraphone, metallic percussion 00:08:00
  • Intonations poétiques op. 55, 1972
    trumpet, horn and trombone 00:05:00
  • Itinerrance op. 135, 1988
    Soprano, clarinet and piano 00:09:00
  • Jeanne la Folle op. 125, 1983
    opera 02:20:00
  • Jeanne la Folle op. 125, 1983
    song and piano 02:20:00
  • Khéops op. 140, 1989
    4 double bass 00:07:00
  • L'ère du Verseau op. 89, 1977
    Soloists, Narrator, choir and orchestra 00:25:00
  • L'oreille fertile op. 97, 1978
    orchestra 00:09:30
  • La boîte de Pandore op. 13, 1961
    orchestra 00:21:00
  • La crétinisation ou l'éducation de Caliban op. 62, 1973
    Tenor, Narrator, mixed choir, orchestra and tape 00:43:00
  • La Fiancée du vent op. 172
    violin and orchestra 00:11:00
  • Lama Sabacthani op. 27, 1966
    organ, oboe, violoncello and percussions 00:00:00
  • Lamobylrinthe op. 102, 1979
    piano and 21 instruments 00:19:00
  • Le cerisier du Japon op. 142, 1989
    flute and piano 00:05:00
  • Le Cri d'Erasme op. 146, 1989
    Soloists, choir and orchestra 00:25:00
  • Le feu et le monde op. 45, 1970
    Narrator, Soloists, mixed choir, trumpets, organ and percussion 00:35:00
  • Le Graal gras op. 137, 1980
    Narrator, Soprano, 10 instruments and tape 00:20:35
  • Le retour du Prisonnier op. 3, 1959
    soli, choir and two pianos 00:29:00
  • Le Robinson Crusoë du disque dur op. 194, 2009
    opera 01:25:00
  • Le Sonnet des Consonnes op. 199
    miwed choir and percussions 00:00:00
  • Le tombeau de Jules Verne op. 94, 1978
    organ 00:11:00
  • Lecture à vue 93 op. 144, 1990
    piano 00:00:00
  • Les 4 saisons de Ganymède op. 78, 1976
    orchestra 00:23:00
  • Libration I op. 51, 1971
    piano 00:08:00
  • Libration II op. 68, 1974
    2 full stereo tracks 38 cm/s 00:09:35
  • Lithophanie op. 52, 1971
    prepared piano 00:10:00
  • Lumières de Bohême op. 20, 1965
    small clarinet, cornet, percussions, piano and zither 00:08:00
  • Mandorle op. 178, 2000
    cello quartet 00:07:00
  • Marche des extraterrestres op. 160, 1994
    alto saxophone and four-handed piano 00:02:00
  • Masscom op. 121, 1983
    alto saxophone and vibraphone 00:11:00
  • Midi op. 84, 1976
    Tenor and piano 00:06:30
  • Monologue double op. 24, 1965
    flute solo with or without tape recorder 00:09:00
  • Monologue double op. 24, 1965
    flute 00:09:00
  • Monologue double op. 24, 1965
    flute solo and tape recorder 00:09:00
  • Montage op. 168, 1995
    13 players 00:17:00
  • Mouvements op. 86, 1977
    alto saxophone and piano 00:06:00
  • Musicoïde op. 49, 1971
    2 prepared pianos 00:19:30
  • Mystère-jeu op. 80, 1976
    viola and piano 00:05:00
  • Nivritti-Marga op. 91, 1977
    piano and orchestra 00:26:00
  • On entre dans l'éternité op. 156, 1993
    10 wind instruments 00:11:00
  • Orbe op. 56, 1972
    piano 00:05:00
  • Orphée abymé op. 150bis, 1996
    Soloists, mixed choir and 7 insruments 00:42:00
  • Orphée abymé op. 150, 1991
    Soloists, mixed choir and orchestra 00:41:00
  • Oscillonance op. 32, 1967
    2 violins and piano 00:10:00
  • Paralléloïde op. 64, 1973
    clavichord and tape 00:06:30
  • Parcours mosan op. 167, 1995
    chamber orchestra 00:12:00
  • Partita n°1 op. 1 supéri, 1955
    piano 00:10:00
  • Paysage polyphonique op. 96, 1978
    2 percussion and tape recorder 00:16:40
  • Paysages op. 111, 1981
    horn and piano 00:08:00
  • Persona op. 147, 1990
    piano 00:06:00
  • Perspectives et dialogues op. 46, 1970
    organ and percussion 00:08:00
  • Petit zodiaque sentimental op. 10, 1960
    vocal quartet 00:18:00
  • Petit zodiaque sentimental op. 10, 1960
    vocal quartet or mixed choir a cappella 00:18:00
  • Petit zodiaque sentimental op. 10, 1960
    mixed Choir a cappella 00:18:00
  • Phonomoteur op. 120, 1982
    3 solo voices 00:11:00
  • Phusint op. 108, 1980
    tcheng and tape or percussion 00:15:20
  • Piano, mon ami op. 44, 1970
    piano 00:10:00
  • Plaidoirie op. 141, 1989
    brass and percussion 00:15:15
  • Poème op. 124, 1984
    cello and piano 00:03:40
  • Points cardinaux op. 38, 1968
    piano 00:10:00
  • Polyèdre op. 134, 1988
    2 percussion players 00:10:00
  • Prélude bleu - Mélodie - Obsession - Danse sur la lune op. 177, 1999
    4 saxophones 00:06:00
  • Prismes op. 42, 1969
    clarinet quartet 00:12:00
  • Psych'rame op. 71, 1974
    7 players 00:11:00
  • Puzzlophonie op. 59, 1972
    organ 00:11:00
  • Quadrance op. 22, 1965
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:09:00
  • Quatre Pièces pour orchestre op. 12, 1961
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Quatuor à clavier op. 169, 1996
    violin, viola, cello and piano 00:22:00
  • Quatuor à cordes op. 14, 1961
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:18:00
  • Quatuor à cordes avec percussion op. 186, 2003
    string quartet and 2 percussionists 00:30:00
  • Quatuor à vents avec percussion op. 189, 2005
    windquartet with percussions 00:14:00
  • Quintette à clavier op. 173, 1995
    2 violins, viola, cello and piano 00:22:00
  • Quintonfonia op. 188, 2004
    quinton-violin and piano 00:10:00
  • Résurgence op. 159, 1993
    string orchestra 00:12:00
  • Requiem de joie op. 181, 2001
    women's choir, organ and dobaci 00:15:00
  • Requiem pour un ordinateur op. 72, 1975
    instrumental ensemble, Narrator and choir 00:48:00
  • Rex pacificus op. 35, 1968
    choir, bass voice, orchestra and tapes 00:31:00
  • Rondo op. 154, 1993
    guitar 00:06:40
  • Salve Regina op. 115, 1981
    children's choir and organ 00:07:00
  • Saxophonia - Rondo op. 163, 1995
    alto saxophone 00:05:10
  • Sérénade concertante op. 17, 1962
    violin and piano 00:11:35
  • Seize interludes poétiques op. 196, 1952
    piano 00:32:00
  • Silhouette op. 148, 1990
    clarinet and piano 00:05:00
  • Solfège d'ensemble 1 op. 158/1
    instrumental ensemble 00:00:00
  • Solfège d'ensemble 2 op. 158/2, 1994
    instrumental ensemble, mixed choir, piano and percussion 00:05:00
  • Solfège d'ensemble 3 op. 158/3, 1994
    instrumental ensemble, voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Sonate op. 5, 1960
    violin and piano 00:18:00
  • Sonatine op. 11, 1960
    clarinet and piano 00:10:00
  • Sonatine op. 99, 1979
    recorder and piano 00:06:00
  • Spéléophonie avec ou sans bande magnétique op. 109, 1980
    double bass 00:16:00
  • Spéleologie - jeu op. 82, 1976
    double bass and piano 00:04:30
  • Suite hétérogène op. 145, 1987
    piano 00:07:55
  • Suite hétérogène op. 145, 2004
    piano 00:17:00
  • Symphonium III Jeanne La Folle op. 132, 1987
    orchestra 00:46:00
  • Symphonium IV op. 193, 2008
    orchestra 00:30:00
  • Symphonium V op. 197
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Systoles-diastoles op. 61, 1972
    Soprano, metallic percussion, string trio and piano 00:26:00
  • Tango vénitien op. 182, 2001
    saxophone and piano 00:16:00
  • Terza Rima, 2012
    twelve players 00:00:00
  • Toreutique I op. 40, 1969
    violin, clarinet, piano 00:13:00
  • Toreutique II op. 50, 1971
    fl., clar., harp, prepared piano (also celesta), violin, cello and 2 percussion 00:11:00
  • Toreutique III op. 58, 1972
    6 percussion players 00:11:20
  • Toreutique IV op. 60, 1972
    orchestra 00:15:00
  • Toreutique V op. 88, 1977
    piano and percussion 00:11:00
  • Toreutique VI op. 69, 1974
    2 different stereo tracks 39 cm/s 00:16:00
  • Torii op. 65, 1974
    4 horns 00:08:00
  • Trajectoires intérieures op. 6, 1960
    middle voice and piano 00:05:25
  • Transparence op. 47, 1971
    clarinet and metal 00:10:00
  • Transphonie pour plusieurs nefs op. 41, 1969
    organ 00:17:00
  • Transsonance op. 21, 1965
    piano 00:12:00
  • Tressaphonie op. 198
    string quartet and two percussions 00:00:00
  • Trilocation op. 143, 1990
    cello 00:10:00
  • Trio à clavier Trafic ex-Pastorale op. 185, 2003
    violin, cello and piano 00:20:00
  • Trio à cordes op. 187, 2004
    violin, viola, cello 00:20:00
  • Trio d'anches op. 2, 1956
    oboe, clarinet in A and bassoon 00:12:00
  • Triptyque op. 113, 1981
    2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba 00:11:00
  • Trois nocturnes op. 116, 1981
    orchestra 00:20:40
  • Trois sur quatre op. 98, 1979
    flute, cello and piano 00:12:00
  • Un drôle de bonhomme à six mains op. 126, 1985
    piano for six hands 00:02:30
  • Un oiseau dans la neige op. 34, 1968
    zimbalum 00:04:00
  • Un oiseau libre dans la neige op. 90, 1977
    flute and zimbalum 00:10:00
  • Variations concentriques op. 28, 1967
    piano 00:08:20
  • Variations symphoniques op. 7, 1960
    orchestra 00:18:00
  • Variations symphoniques op. 7bis, 1982
    band 00:18:00
  • Versets op. 117, 1982
    2 ondes Martenot 00:10:00
  • Viaduc op. 157, 1994
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:06:30
  • Victoire, où est ta victoire? op. 57, 1972
    mixed Choir a cappella 00:09:00
  • Vingt doigts pour un carnaval op. 28, 1967
    four-handed piano 00:10:00
  • Violonance op. 83, 1976
    violin solo with or without tape 00:13:00
  • Violonance op. 83, 1976
    violin 00:13:00
  • Violonance op. 83, 1976
    violin solo and tape 00:13:00
  • Vocalise "Colora" op. 170, 1996
    middle voice and piano 00:03:40
  • Vocalise "Escamillo" op. 170, 1996
    low voice and piano 00:03:40
  • Vocalise "Orféo" op. 170, 1996
    high voice and piano 00:03:40
  • Vocalise "Preciosa" op. 179, 2001
    low voice and piano 00:02:40
  • Vocalise "Preciosa" op. 179, 2001
    middle voice and piano 00:02:40
  • Vocalise "Preciosa" op. 179, 2001
    high voice and piano 00:02:40
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