SEPT VARIATIONS POUR OCTUORINCANTATION ET SACRIFICEESSAI POUR UNE HARMONIE BICÉPHALEBIOMÉROS POUR ORCHESTRE DE CHAMBRERÜCKBLICK POUR VIOLON ET ORCHESTRE
Born in Lausanne in 1936, Jean Balissat studied harmony and counterpoint in Lausanne. From 1960 to 1983 he was conductor of several Swiss brass and wind bands, including 12 years with the Landwehr Fribourg. From 1972 to 1983 he taught composition and orchestration at the Fribourg Conservatory, subjects he now teaches at the Conservatories of Lausanne and Geneva. His activities have brought Jean Balissat in contact with both contemporary music and the repertory of amateur musicians. He has shared their basically opposite approaches to music: the search for innovation and the shedding of old structures on the one hand and the safety of familiarity on the other. Extreme forms of these tendencies are most aptly illustrated by two of the works on this record: the rational 7 Variations for octet and the eruptive “Bioméros”. If the octet is dear to Jean Balissat’s mind, it is probably because it is one of the few works he was able to compose without any mood disturbing its completion. And if “Bioméros” is dear to his heart, it is because it documents the victory of impulse over the rational approach planned at the outset. From this conflict has sprung an aesthetic will to organize scattered moods in a way that each sequence connects meaningfully withits immediate neighbours, beyond disparity and excess.
Jean Balissat (1936 - 2007)
Musique de Landwehr, Fribourg, B. Boller (Violine), Quatuor Sine Nomine, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, J. Balissat, H. Klopfenstein, A. Zapf (Leitung).
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