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QUINET, Marcel

Born in Binche on 6 July 1915, Marcel QUINET attended the music academy of his native town before completing his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Mons.

By 1934, he entered the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels where he earned several successes: a first prize in fugue (Prix Gevaert, 1938), Master Degree in piano (Prix Ella Olin, 1942), a composition prize (Prix Agniez, 1946), etc.

Marcel Quinet studied with major teachers such as Fernand Quinet (harmony), Léon Jongen (fugue), and Marcel Maas (piano). He learnt composition with Léon Jongen and more particularly with Jean Absil.

In 1945, he was awarded Premier Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata “La Vague et le Sillon”. This marked the start of his career as a composer. He received a Second Prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Belgium for composition, with his “Variation pour Orchestre” (1957). In 1959, the CeBeDeM awarded Marcel Quinet the Prize of Composition Emile Doehaert for his “Divertimento”. He received the Prix de l’Union de la Presse Musicale Belge in 1964, the Prix Irma de la Hault in 1966, la bourse Koopal in 1970, le Prix SABAM in 1972 and the Prix de la Fondation Darche in 1978.

He first taught at the Academy of Binche (1939-1943) before teaching piano at the Academy of Etterbeek (1941-1969). As of 1943, he was piano lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels; he then became a professor of written harmony (1948-1959) and later fugue (1959-1979). In both Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode and Sherbet, he was director of the Music Academy (1951-1975); he repeatedly taught as a special and later associate professor of composition at the Chapelle Reine Elisabeth of Belgium (1968-1979). At the SABAM, he held the positions of managing-director (1976-1980) and chairman of the Mutual Aid and Solidarity Fund (1980-1986).

By 1959 he has become a well-known figure in 20th century music. «In Marcel Quinet’s first works, especially through Hindemith there were signs of a strong will to return to Bach. Elsewhere there are clear signs of his admiration for Bartok but Absil’s influence proved undoubtedly decisive in his works. This influence clearly materialised in the way he developed his melodies, in his elegant countrepoint writing and in his firm handling of orchestration. Quinet admirably succeeded in writing for piano. Above all, he enjoyed working out formal sets in which heightened sensibility was visible» wrote Robert WANGERMEE. In his creative work, Marcel Quinet assimilated the most radical novelties and integrated them into his own personal expression including various influences from Bartok, Stravinsky and the Viennese School. Although he has started with tonal music, he later concentrated on plurimodality and non-serial atonal chromatic music. In 1969 he discovered the importance of the music of ancient Greece and more specially its metric structure, as his later works tend to show it.

He was appointed Correspondent in 1976 and later member in 1978 of Fine Arts Class at the Royal Academy of Belgium.

Marcel Quinet passed away on 16 December 1986 leaving behind hundreds of listed works, expressed in modern language, remarkably written in a very personal way without excess, with the refinement that was so typical of his expression.

[Philippe Quinet, © CeBeDeM]

works

  • Allegro de Concert op. 38, 1958
    orchestra 00:05:00
  • Alternances op. 98, 1984
    clarinet quartet 00:10:00
  • Apprenez le solfège avec les grands maîtres, 1983
    didactic (instrumental music) 00:00:00
  • Arche de Noé op. 28, 1955
    middle voice and piano 00:04:00
  • Badineries op. 77/3, 1974
    piano 00:08:00
  • Ballade op. 43, 1961
    clarinet and piano 00:07:30
  • Ballade op. 47, 1962
    violin and wind quintet 00:09:00
  • Ballade op. 47, 1962
    violin and piano 00:09:00
  • Ballade op. 43, 1961
    clarinet and chamber orchestra 00:07:30
  • Ballatella op. 59, 1966
    trombone and piano 00:04:20
  • Ballatella op. 59, 1966
    trumpet in C and piano 00:04:20
  • Ballatella op. 59, 1966
    horn and piano 00:04:20
  • Bourée op. 15, 1947
    violin and piano 00:03:00
  • Caractères op. 85, 1978
    orchestra 00:16:00
  • Chanson de quatre saisons op. 45, 1961
    middle voice and piano 00:04:00
  • Chansons pour rire op. 34, 1957
    children's choir and orchestra 00:04:30
  • Chansons pour rire op. 34, 1957
    Children's choir and piano 00:04:30
  • Chromatismes op. 90, 1980
    strings 00:13:00
  • Cinq miniatures op. 53, 1964
    four-handed piano 00:06:30
  • Cippe op. 88, 1979
    chamber orchestra 00:09:00
  • Comptines op. 27, 1955
    Children's choir and piano 00:03:00
  • Comptines op. 27, 1955
    children's choir and orchestra 00:03:00
  • Concertino op. 41, 1960
    woodwind trio (oboe, clarinet, bassoon) and strings 00:11:00
  • Concertino op. 41, 1960
    woodwind trio and piano 00:11:00
  • Concertino op. 68, 1970
    violin and small string orchestra 00:13:00
  • Concerto op. 50, 1963
    viola and orchestra 00:21:00
  • Concerto op. 50, 1963
    viola and piano 00:21:00
  • Concerto op. 92, 1981
    timpani and orchestra 00:14:00
  • Concerto op. 97, 1983
    2 pianos and orchestra 00:15:00
  • Concerto grosso op. 54, 1964
    4 clarinets and strings 00:12:30
  • Concerto grosso op. 54, 1964
    4 clarinets and piano 00:12:30
  • Concerto grosso op. 94, 1982
    4 saxophones and orchestra 00:14:00
  • Concerto n°1 op. 30, 1955
    piano and orchestra 00:14:00
  • Concerto n°1 op. 30, 1955
    2 pianos 00:14:00
  • Concerto n°2 op. 51, 1964
    piano and orchestra 00:19:00
  • Concerto n°2 op. 51, 1964
    2 pianos 00:19:00
  • Concerto n°3 op. 60, 1966
    piano and string orchestra 00:13:00
  • Concerto n°3 op. 60, 1966
    2 pianos 00:13:00
  • Croquis op. 13, 1946
    piano 00:05:00
  • Dialogues op. 79, 1975
    2 pianos and chamber orchestra 00:09:00
  • Dialogues op. 79, 1975
    2 pianos and chamber orchestra 00:09:00
  • Diptyque op. 78, 1975
    chamber orchestra 00:09:30
  • Divertimento op. 35, 1958
    chamber orchestra 00:12:00
  • Duetto op. 96, 1983
    flute and harpsichord 00:11:00
  • Ebauches op. 100, 1984
    4 saxophones 00:09:00
  • Elégie, 1955
    orchestra 00:04:00
  • Enfantines op. 40/bis, 1959
    piano 00:07:10
  • Esquisses symphoniques op. 72, 1973
    orchestra 00:13:00
  • Etude n°6 op. 48, 1962
    concert drum and piano 00:02:30
  • Gorgone op. 75, 1974
    orchestra 00:12:00
  • Hommage à Maurice Ravel op. 102, 1985
    female voice, flute, cello and piano 00:06:00
  • Hommage à Scarlatti op. 49, 1962
    piano 00:07:00
  • Huit petites pièces op. 19, 1946
    flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon 00:08:00
  • Images op. 82, 1977
    orchestra 00:17:00
  • Impromptu I-II op. 18, 1948
    piano 00:07:00
  • Improvisations op. 37, 1958
    piano 00:10:00
  • Intermèdes et fuguette op. 101, 1985
    piano 00:20:00
  • La Nef des fous op. 65, 1969
    orchestra 00:20:00
  • Le mirliton d'Irène op. 11, 1944
    vocal quartet a cappella 00:04:30
  • Lectio "Pro feria sexta" op. 71, 1972
    Soloists, mixed choir and orchestra 00:25:00
  • Lectio "Pro feria sexta" op. 71, 1972
    vocal quartet and piano 00:25:00
  • Les caractères op. 64/bis, 1968
    violin and viola 00:03:00
  • Les deux bavards op. 58, 1966
    Soloists, wind quintet and piano 00:26:00
  • Métamorphoses op. 87, 1979
    orchestra 00:18:00
  • Monodie op. 53/bis, 1964
    flute 00:03:00
  • Mouvements op. 73, 1973
    chamber orchestra 00:12:00
  • Mouvements perpétuels op. 99, 1984
    piano 00:06:00
  • Musique op. 69, 1971
    strings and timpani 00:07:30
  • Novelettes op. 74, 1973
    2 pianos 00:08:00
  • Ouverture pour un festival op. 62, 1967
    orchestra 00:08:00
  • Partita op. 56, 1965
    piano 00:10:30
  • Passacaille op. 25, 1954
    piano 00:06:00
  • Pastorales
    wind quintet 00:08:00
  • Pastorales
    wind quintet 00:08:00
  • Petite suite op. 40, 1959
    4 clarinets 00:07:30
  • Petites pièces faciles op. 77/1, 1974
    piano 00:04:30
  • Pochades op. 61, 1967
    saxophone quartet 00:07:00
  • Polyphonie op. 70, 1971
    8 wind instruments (3 performers) 00:11:00
  • Pour les enfants op. 77/2, 1974
    piano 00:07:00
  • Préludes op. 89, 1979
    orchestra 00:15:00
  • Quatre bluettes op. 26, 1954
    violin, cello and piano 00:05:00
  • Quatre Hai Kai, 1953
    middle voice and piano 00:03:00
  • Quatre poèmes de Maurice Carême op. 17, 1948
    vocal quartet a cappella S.-A.-T.-B. 00:05:00
  • Quatuor op. 52, 1964
    flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon 00:10:00
  • Quatuor à clavier op. 33, 1957
    violin, viola, cello and piano 00:16:00
  • Quatuor à cordes op. 36, 1958
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:16:00
  • Quintette op. 20, 1949
    flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon 00:12:00
  • Séquence op. 76, 1974
    orchestra 00:12:00
  • Sérénade op. 31, 1956
    string orchestra 00:12:00
  • Sept Tanka op. 86, 1978
    double or triple vocal quartet and piano 00:09:00
  • Sinfonietta op. 23, 1953
    chamber orchestra 00:13:00
  • Six préludes op. 91, 1981
    piano 00:14:15
  • Sonate op. 57, 1965
    2 violins and piano 00:12:30
  • Sonate op. 64, 1968
    flute and piano 00:12:00
  • Sonate op. 13/bis, 1946
    piano 00:00:00
  • Sonate à trois op. 44, 1961
    trumpet, horn and trombone 00:12:00
  • Sonate en trio op. 83, 1977
    flute, cello and piano 00:14:00
  • Sonatine op. 55, 1965
    violin and viola 00:06:00
  • Sonatine op. 79/bis, 1976
    oboe and piano 00:10:00
  • Sonatine op. 79/bis, 1976
    clarinet in B flat and piano 00:10:00
  • Sonatine op. 22, 1952
    violin and piano 00:13:00
  • Symphonie op. 42, 1960
    orchestra 00:20:00
  • Tableautins op. 77/4, 1974
    piano 00:09:00
  • Tercet op. 95, 1982
    four-handed piano 00:09:00
  • Terzetto op. 93, 1981
    flute, violin, harpsichord 00:14:00
  • Toccata op. 46, 1961
    piano 00:06:00
  • Trio à anches op. 63, 1967
    oboe, clarinet, bassoon 00:09:00
  • Trio à cordes n°1 op. 16, 1948
    violin, viola, cello 00:13:00
  • Trio à cordes n°2 op. 66, 1969
    violin, viola, cello 00:12:00
  • Trois arabesques op. 81, 1976
    piano 00:09:00
  • Trois chants de la potence op. 14, 1947
    vocal quartet a cappella 00:03:00
  • Trois esquisses concertantes op. 12, 1946
    violin and orchestra 00:12:30
  • Trois esquisses concertantes op. 12, 1946
    violin and piano 00:12:30
  • Trois pièces op. 21, 1951
    orchestra 00:13:00
  • Trois préludes op. 67, 1970
    piano 00:10:00
  • Variations op. 32, 1956
    orchestra 00:17:30
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