Boucourechliev, André

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André Boucourechliev


Born: July 28, 1925 Sofia, Bulgaria

Died: 1997
Country: France

Studies: Sofia Conservatory (1949), Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris (1951)

Teachers: Andrée Vaurabourg-Honegger

Born in Sofia, Boucourechliev studied piano at the Conservatory there. Subsequently, he studied in Paris at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, where he later taught piano. His first attempts at composition date from 1954, when he was engaged in the famous contemporary music sessions at Darmstadt. He honed his compositional technique by seeking out Berio and Maderna in Milan. Following the success of his Piano Sonata (1959), which was performed at the Domaine musical, and works involving choice and chance, he spent a period in America, during which he met Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Rauschenberg. The summit of his exploration of choice and freedom on the part of the performer was reached in Archipels (1967–1971). Many of his later works have gone on to refine or extend these principles. Boucourechliev died in Paris in 1997 at the age of 72.[1]

Works for Percussion

Archipel 5E - Percussion Duo
Archipel I - Percussion Duo; Pianos
Archipel III - Percussion Sextet; Piano
Grodek - Percussion Trio, Voice; Flute
Page D'Anarchipel: Archipel 5E - Multiple Percussion
Tombeau - Multiple Percussion; Clarinet
Ulysse - Multiple Percussion; Flute