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Calame Geneviève

(30. 12. 1946 - 08. 10. 1993)

Calame Geneviève


Biography
The composer, pianist and music pedagogue Geneviève Calame was born on December 30, 1946, in Geneva and died on October 8, 1993, also in Geneva. Calame was raised in a Greco-Italian family in Geneva. She studied piano under Lottie Morel (*1909) in Geneva following her undergraduate studies and received her diploma in 1967. She continued her studies in Italy under Guido Agosti (1901-1989) in Rome receiving the ‘l'Accademia musicale chigiana’ diploma in Sienna, and during two years in Geneva under Louis Hiltbrand (1916-1983). She simultaneously (1971) studied composition under the Swiss composer Jacques Guyonnet (*1933) also from Geneva and teacher at the local conservatory. Calame attended courses in composition headed by Pierre Boulez (*1925) in London, Henri Pousseur (*1929) in Liège and by the French composer Jean-Claude Eloy (*1938) in Rouen. She was further educated in new electronic and electro-acoustic instrumental technology by the American composer Hubert Howe (New York) and the visual artist William Etra. She attended seminars on electronic music in Paris (IRCAM), Stockholm and the United States.

In 1972 she married Jacques Guyonnet and gave birth to their daughter Jill Sophie in 1982. Calame devoted herself to electronic music at the ‘Studio de musique contemporaine’ (contemporary music studios) in Geneva. In 1971 she founded, together with her husband, the studio for electronic music, video and information technology under the name A.R.T (Artistic Research Team) specialising, as the title suggests, in electronic music, video and information technology. Calame developed a new method of teaching electronic music to children, which she herself taught between the years 1975 and 1993 at the ‘l'Ecole Supérieure d'Art Visuel’ in Geneva. In 1976 she became president of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM), Geneva section. Calame has been showing her work, which also contains audio visual installations, since 1971 in the whole of Europe, the United States and South America.

Lukas Näf


Work list
L'Oiseau du matin (1972)
electronic ballet
Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
Mantiq-al-Tayr (1973)
for flute, contrabass flute and four electronic sources
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Différentielle verticale (1974)
for soprano and symphonic orchestra
Duration: 6' 24"
Manuscript
Lude (1975)
for harp alone
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Iral (1975)
Metal of desert
for four trumpets and four trombones
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Geometry I, II, III (1975-1976)
Videotape
Exhibition room Cardin, Paris.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Le chant remémoré (1975)
Videotape
After and for Jacques Guyonnet.
Exhibitions in the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara.
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Alpha futur (1976)
for symphonic orchestra and soprano ad lib.
Duration: 5' 55"
Manuscript
Labyrinthes Fluides (1976)
Videotape
Exhibitions in Cannes, Buenos Aires, Genève and at the Locarno Film Festival.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Tableaux video (1976-1977)
Presented in New York, Boston, Bonn, Rio de Janiero and at the São Paulo Biennale.
Manuscript
Videocosme (1976)
For the electronic poem by Edgar Varèse
Videotape
Exhibition in Paris supported by Switzerland.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
StEpHAnE mAllArmE (1977)
or 'Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard...'
for chamber orchestra
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Et l'Oeil rêve... (1977)
Visual poem
for colour slides with electro-acoustic environment
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Les Aubes d'Onomadore (1978)
for African instruments and symphonic orchestra
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Le Son-Qui-Fut-Mille (1978)
for four electronic sources and percussion instruments
Composition for and with children.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Mandala (1978)
for seven trumpets or seven female voices
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
L'Homme-Miroir (1979)
for wind orchestra, percussion and four electronic sources
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Je lui dis... (1980)
for chamber orchestra
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Oniria (1981)
for piano solo and electronic tape
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Calligrammes (1983-1984)
for harp and chamber orchestra
Duration: 9' 34"
Manuscript
Océanides (1986)
for chamber orchestra
Duration: 14' 12"
Manuscript
Swing (1986)
for piano
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Sur la margelle du monde (1987)
for chamber orchestra
Duration: 11' 55"
Manuscript
Le Livre de Tchen (1988)
for three percussionists and mime ad lib.
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Vent solaire (1989-1990)
for shakuhachi and orchestra
Duration: 18' 47"
Manuscript
Incantation (1989)
for organ
Manuscript
Cantilène (1990)
for violin alone
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Dragon de lumière (1991)
for three wind instruments and five strings
Manuscript
Le chant des sables (1992)
for violoncello, harp and gongs
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Echo (1992)
for flute
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Hi Summer (1993)
for voice, harp, percussion and synthesiser
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
CIEM 1994 (Musica Helvetica Nr. 84.2, 1994)
Interpreten:
Kissóczy, Marc
Werke:
Blank, William: Nachtmusik (1994)
Gaudibert, Eric: Jardins d'Est (1994)
Trümpy, Balz: Nachtgesang (1993-1994)
Voegelin, Fritz: Ecstatic - Prelude (1960/1993)
Calame, Geneviève: Sur la margelle du monde (1987)
Kelterborn, Rudolf: Canto appassionato (1959)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Renzo Rota, Jost Meier
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Calame, Geneviève: A la recherche d'un mode de communication, in: Journal de Genève, 18. Oktober 1978
Calame, Geneviève: Base de réflexion pour l'enseignement de la musique à l'école, in: Co Parents 88 (1981)
Calame, Geneviève: A la recherche d'un mode de communication, in: Schweizer Komponistinnen der Gegenwart. Eine Dokumentation, hrsg. von Sibylle Ehrismann (et al.), Zürich 1985, S. 76-79
Calame, Geneviève: Artikel "Geneviève Calame", in: Schweizer Komponisten unserer Zeit. Biographien, Werkverzeichnisse mit Discographie und Bibliographie, Winterthur 1993, S. 72-73
Walton, Chris: Artikel "Geneviève Calame", in: The New Grove dictionary of music and musicians (Zweite Auflage), Bd. 4, hrsg. von Stanley Sadie, London 2001, S. 817
Gfeller, Johannes: Frühes Video in der Schweiz. Ein unbekannter Anfang - eine vergessene Geschichte, in: Georges-Bloch-Jahrbuch des Kunstgeschichtlichen Seminars der Universität Zürich 4 (1997), S. 221-238
Artikel "Geneviève Calame", in: Komponistinnen aus 800 Jahren, hrsg. von Antje Olivier (et al.) 1996, S. 92-93
Gfeller, Johannes: Die offenen Spulen - das elektronische Atelier. Eine kurze begriffliche Rückschau auf Schweizerisches Videoschaffen vor 1980, in: Berner Kunstmitteilungen 127 (1996), S. 15
Meyer, Thomas: Geneviève Calame, in: clingKlong. Musikszene Frau/Musiciennes en vedette 37 (1995), S. 29
Artikel "Geneviève Calame", in: Contemporary Swiss Composers, hrsg. von Stiftung Pro Helvetia, Zürich 1994
Keller, Kjell: Atmende Klänge. Geneviève Calame 1946-1993, in: Dissonanz 39 (1994), S. 23-24
Walton, Chris: Artikel "Calame, Geneviève", in: The New Grove dictionary of women composers, hrsg. von Julie Anne Sadie (et al.) 1994, S. 99
Hixon, Donald Lee: Artikel "Calame, Geneviève", in: Women in music. An encyclopedic biobibliography (Zweite Auflage), Bd. 1, hrsg. von Donald Lee Hixon (et al.), Metuchen 1993, S. 173
Meyer, Thomas: Nécrologie de la compositrice genevoise Geneviève Calame. Un dragon flottant de rêve et de lumière, in: clingKlong. Musikszene Frau/Musiciennes en vedette 32 (1993), S. 5-7
Meyer, Thomas: Zum Tod von Geneviève Calame. Ein schwereloser Drache des Lichts und des Traumes, in: clingKlong. Musikszene Frau/Musiciennes en vedette 32 (1993), S. 8-11
Meyer, Thomas: Zu "Le chant des sables" von Geneviève Calame, in: clingKlong. Musikszene Frau/Musiciennes en vedette 27 (1992), S. 7-8
Cohen, Aaron I.: Artikel "Calame, Geneviève", in: International encyclopedia of women composers (Zweite Auflage), Bd. 1, New York 1987, S. 126