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Garo Edouard

(06. 07. 1935)

Garo Edouard
Garo Edouard
rue de la Porcelaine 16
CH-1260 Nyon
Suisse

Tel: +41 (0)22 361 49 45
Fax: +41 (0)22 361 49 45
Internet: www.garo-ed.com/

Biography
Composer, teacher, choirmaster, and musicologist Edouard Garo studied philology at the University of Lausanne and voice and composition at Lausanne Conservatory. He continued his postgraduate education with studies in voice under Pierre Mollet in Geneva and Sylvia Gähwiller in Zurich. He was greatly influenced by Hans Haug, Lausanne and Maroussia Le Mar Hadour, Geneva (ancient and contemporary music).
He sings bass-baritone with the 'Choeur de la Radio Romande' under the direction of A. Charlet and he has toured and performed world premieres as a member of this ensemble. He teaches music and choral singing at the college in Nyon and music didactics for music teachers at the pedagogic seminar in Lausanne. He has developed new teaching methods for musical instruction and is a member of the editorial staff responsible for the methodical guidelines and the lieder collection, published by the Department of National Education, canton Waadt.
He is conductor of numerous choirs dedicated mainly to classical and contemporary music, including the 'Ensemble Choral de la Côte' that he founded in 1962. He was awarded second prize and the medal of the city of Paris in 1972 for his conducting of the 'Camerata Vocale de Genève', a vocal quintet for ancient and contemporary music.
As a musicologist and composer he has been invited to conferences and recitals at symposiums at the following universities: Oslo, Würzburg, Vienna, Graz, Lucerne, Zagreb, Bozen, Montreal and Paris. His musical work has been performed at world premieres in Nyon, Geneva, Lausanne, Paris and Budapest and a selection of which have been recorded by 'Radio Suisse Romande' and 'France-Musique'.
He lives and works in Nyon.


Work list
Trois Noëls (1964)
for organ
Manuscript
Noël tonal (1964)
for organ, glockenspiel and cymbal ad libitum
Manuscript
Sérénade déconcertante (1964)
for an "old fashioned harpsichord", sopranino saxophone, trumpet, violoncello and five-stringed double bass
1. Contrainte - 2. Etude d'asymétries - 3. Grotesques - 4. Libération
Manuscript
Trois Sonnets de Pétrarque (1964)
for mezzo-soprano and piano
Texts: Petrarca, Georges Nicole
Manuscript
Les Choéphores (1965)
Circumstantial music
for Orff instrumentarium with 2 cornets, 1 oboe, 1 guitar, 1 zithar (or 'piano punaisé' ) and recorded, sung voices
Intended for a school presentation of the tragedy of Eschyle.
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Noël bitonal (1965)
for organ
Manuscript
Le Petit Prince (1965)
Circumstantial music
Intended for performance by a school instrumental ensemble.
Manuscript
Proverbe (1966)
Parody
for three equal voices
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Deux petites pièces (1966)
for one-part children's choir and Orff instrumentarium ad libitum
1. Un éléphant polytonal - 2. Chanson triste pour un fragment de "Sappho perdue"
Manuscript
Pribaoutka (1966)
for five identical voices a-cappella
Duration: 1' 00"
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Trois Noëls populaires (1966)
for one-part children's choir and Orff instrumentarium
1. Tous les bourgeois de Chartres - 2. Au Saint Nau - 3. Noël pour l'amour de Marie
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Cercle vicieux (1968)
for piano
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Messe brève (1968)
for bass solo, mixed choir, 4 trombones, piano, 1 percussion and strings
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Cantate d'Inauguration du collège de Nyon-Marens (1969)
for children's choir, spatialised tape recorder and Orff instrumentarium
Manuscript
Prospectrum I (1970)
Music
for one percussionist (plus improvised voice) and spatial electro-acoustic apparatus.
Based on the dadaistic poem 'Wolken' by Hugo Ball.
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Le Dieu dans la Jarre (1971)
Scenic music
for instrumental ensemble and sung interventions by actors
Intended for the satyric comedy "Le Dieu dans la Jarre" by Jean-Samuel Curtet.
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Prospectrum II (1971)
Music
for piano and spatial electro-acoustic apparatus
Duration: 11' 00"
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Attendite popule (1973)
for vocal quintet, flute, harp and organ
Transcription of a five-voice motet (1516) by Johannes Wannenmacher.
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Il pleut (1973)
Calligramme
for vocal quintet (SATBBar(fal)B), flut, harp and organ
Texts: Guillaume Apollinaire
Text by Guillaume Apollinaire."Il pleut".
Duration: 3' 00"
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Trois Calligrammes (1973-1975)
for vocal quintet (SATBar(+fals)B)
Texts: Guillaume Apollinaire
Voyage - Les Saisons - Reconnaissance
Duration: 9' 00"
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Poznan IV (1976)
for large mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Pierre Katz
Poem by Pierre Katz.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Les Sept contre Thèbes (1977)
for eight female voices, bass clarinet, electronic organ, harpsichord, prepared piano, double-bass, percussion ensemble (with four players) and electronic tape ad libitum
Texts: Aeschylos (J.-S. Curtet)
Four tragic choruses from the tragedy by Aeschylus. French version by J.-S. Curtet.
Duration: 53' 00"
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Fluctuences I (1978)
for twenty-four strings and percussion
Duration: 7' 00"
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Fluctuences II (1978/00)
for 24 solo strings and 2 percussionists
New version.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Fluctuences III (1978/04)
for orchestra (2(pic).2.1.bcl.2/4.2.2.btbn.1/3perc/pf.hp/14.4.4.2)
This work is a revision of "Fluctuences I".
Duration: 11' 20"
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Toccata et fugue (1979)
for organ
Duration: 6' 00"
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Incantation a 3 voix (1980)
for clarinet solo and tape recorder
Three movements: 1. Solo, 2. Duo (second voice to the solo is recorded) 3. Trio (third voice to the duo is recorded).
Duration: 6' 00"
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Comment la souris reçoit une pierre sur la tête et découvre le monde (1980)
Scenic music
for clarinet, bass clarinet, double bass, percussion, piano and synthesizer
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Gioco et Tarantella interrotta (1981)
for four pianos
Duration: 5' 00"
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Agamemnon (1983)
Opera
for soprano, counter-tenor, tenor, baritone, two speaking parts, choir and instrumental ensemble (1.1(bcl)0.0/1.1.2.0/pf/4perc.timp/2.0.2.1)
Texts: Aeschylos (J.-S. Curtet)
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Palme (1984/97)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Paul Valéry
Poem by Paul Valéry.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Le Masque (1984/98)
for haute-contre, bass solo, choir and orchestra (2.0.2.0/4.2.2.0/timp.5perc/str)
Texts: Edgar Poe
An extraordinary story by Edgar Allen Poe, a dramatic cantata for the modern times.
In the scenic version (60') a ballet troup is necessary.
Duration: 45' 00"
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Fugue à 4 voix (1985)
Pastiche of BACH
for piano, vibraphone and marimba
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Incidences (1986)
for violoncello solo
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Trois mouvements (1986)
for organ and piano
Ping Pong - Pyramide - Ellipse.
Duration: 7' 30"
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Un Instant Seul (1989)
for soprano, tenor, bass, choir and instrumental ensemble (1.0.1(bcl).0/1.1.btbn.0/4perc/pf/2.1.1.1)
Texts: Jean-Claude Grosset
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Cantate d'Inauguration (1992)
for three-voice mixed choir and brass instruments (2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba)
Inauguration of the canton school of Lyon.
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Petra cantat (1994)
Cantate de lumière et d'ombres
for bass solo, female vocal group, choir and large orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/timp.3perc/str)
Cantata in three parts:
Ad bonum montem - Cum bernenses hostes - Hodie.
Duration: 23' 00"
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La Grande Eclipse (1996)
Suite in seven songs
for soprano and alto violin
Texts: Jean-Samuel Curtet
"Quand sera venu..." - "Nos mots..." - "C'est que nous écrivons..." - "Jubilation..." - "Quand sera..." - "Fausse mort..." - "Parole d'avenir".
Duration: 26' 00"
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Joutes rhapsodiques I (1996)
for flute, clarinet and cymbalum
Based on the Hungarian melodies collected by Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok.
Duration: 25' 00"
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Joutes rhapsodiques II (1996)
for flute, clarinet and piano
Based on the Hungarian melodies collected by Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. Adaptation of version I.
Duration: 25' 00"
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Joutes rhapsodiques III (1996/98)
for clarinet, violoncello and piano
Based on the Hungarian melodies collected by Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. Adaptation of version I.
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Le Tour de la Matière (1996)
for three trumpets (four players) and percussion
Open air music in four interchangable movements:
Watermusic - Turmmusik - Pseudomarche pour un anticortège - Effet de rouille.
Duration: 24' 00"
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Moments (Quatuor à cordes No 1) (1993-1997)
Duration: 16' 00"
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Vernissage (Quatuor à cordes No 2) (1995-1997)
Introduction, Toile I - Toile II - Toile III - Toile IV.
Duration: 12' 30"
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Quatre Etudes pour le piano (1997-1998)
Etu...delibération - Etu...deflection - Etu...detachement - Etu...derésonance.
Duration: 10' 30"
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Traces (Quatuor à cordes No 3) (1998)
Canon - A main levée - En rond - En ligne.
Duration: 16' 30"
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Passages (2000)
Concerto
for violin and orchestra (1(pic).0.1(bcl).0/1.1.0.0/2perc/pf/str)
Duration: 18' 00"
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Le Bestiaire de Marie (2002)
Musical evocation
for soprano, piano and small percussion, electric guitar, orator and computer prepared material
Texts: Jean-Samuel Curtet
Duration: 55' 00"
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Requiem poétique (Dona Requiem poetae) (2003/04)
for soprano, tenor, baritone, mixed choir, male choir eighteen instruments (1(pic).0.1(bcl).1/1.1.2.1/timp.4perc(incl. piano)/2.1.1.1)
Texts: Jean-Claude Grosset
Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
Les uns à coté des autres (2004)
Scenic music
recording for synthesizer, clarinet, vibraphone and portable harmonium
For the sung interventions of an actress in an assembly of texts by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz.
Manuscript
Bibliography
Garo, Edouard: Le Peri musikes de Philodème et la question de l'étique musicale, Université de Lausanne, Lausanne 1964
Garo, Edouard: Actualité de la question de l'ethos musical, in: Gymnasium Helveticum 25 (1971), S. 360-366
Garo, Edouard: Pourquoi le pentatonisme?, in: Gymnasium Helveticum 27 (1973), S. 131-136
Garo, Edouard: Les méthodes d'éducation musicale, in: Perspectives (août 1976) (1976), S. 14-17
Garo, Edouard (et al.): Image et son. Une expérience de corrélation visuelle et sonore, in: Perspectives, bulletin d'information du Département de l'instruction publique du Canton de Vaud (1978)
Garo, Edouard: Impressions romandes à Bâle, in: Folklore suisse (1982), S. 21-24
Garo, Edouard: Le Son, le Nom et le Signe, une distinction utile à la pratique de la solmisation kodályenne dans les pays latins, in: Bulletin of the International Kodály Society (2000), S. 143-149
Garo, Edouard: Les fondements d'une méthodologie de l'oral au servive de l'initiation musicale des enfants, in: Actes de colloque "L'oralité retrouvé" (2002)
Matthey, Jean-Louis (et al.): Edouard Garo - Note biografique, liste des oeuvres et bibliographie, Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, Lausanne 2007
Tetaz, Myriam: Création de Garo à Nyon. Mécènes sans argent, in: 24 Heures (6.2.90) (1990)
Brun, François: Création d'"Agamemnon" d'Edouard Garo, in: Revue musicale suisse (juillet-août 83) (1983)
Gentinetta, Françoise (et al.): La "première" des "Sept Contre Thèbes" à Nyon. Un poème lyrique d'une puissante beauté, in: Journal de Nyon (14.4.78) (1978)
Huber, Jean-Jacques: Audacieux mais accessibles. Nyon s'offre "Les Sept contre Thèbes", in: 24 Heures (17.4.78) (1978)
Grau, Pierre-Alain: Récital de musique contemporaine par le pianiste Charles Dobler, in: Journal de Nyon (17.5.72) (1972)