Charles Chaynes (1925 - 2016)

Chaynes was born in Toulouse in 1925. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Darius Milhaud and Jean Rivier. In 1951 he won the Prix de Rome with the cantata Et l'homme se vit les portes rouvrir. During his stay at the Villa Medici in Rome he wrote the First Concerto for String Orchestra and the Ode for a Tragic Death. In 1956 he became a producer at the Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (RTF). In 1964 he succeeded Marius Constant as head of the channel France Musique. From 1975 to 1990 he headed the service de la création musicale at Radio France. In addition to several operas, one symphony and chamber works Chaynes composed numerous concertos, etc. for trumpet, violin, piano and organ, and two orchestral concerts. In 1966 he composed a concerto for organ, string orchestra, timpani and percussio for the organist Marie-Claire Alain. His Piano Concerto was premiered in 1967 by Yvonne Loriod. WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: Piano Concerto (1966) 

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (21 November 1932 – 27 June 2016) was a Danish composer.


Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was the son of the sculptor Jørgen Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, with Finn Høffding, Svend Westergaard, Bjørn Hjelmborg, and Vagn Holmboe (instrumentation), graduating in 1958 (Jakobsen 2001). He won the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1980 for his Symfoni/Antifoni.

  VIDEO: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen - Trafik (1994) written for an ensemble of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, electric guitar, electric bass, harp and string quartet. It was commissioned by Copenhagen's Athelas Sinfonietta and I THINK they're the performers on this recording... The composer describes the piece as "a rough, monotonous, noisy, unruly, unappetizing soundpulp"! so... enjoy :)

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