Bouliane, Denys (b. May 8, 1955, Grand-Mère, Québec). Canadian composer, now resident in both Canada and Germany, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and North America; he is also active as a conductor.
Prof. Bouliane studied initially at a liberal arts college and then studied composition with Jacques Hétu, piano and violin at the Université Laval in Québec City, where he earned his MMus in composition in 1979. He attended Darmstadt in 1980 and studied composition with György Ligeti at the Musikhochschule Hamburg from 1980-85, on grants from the governments of Canada and Québec.
His honors include prizes from the CBC and the Stichting Gaudeamus (both 1982, both for Jeux de Société) and the SOCAN Prize (1982, for Douze tiroirs de demi-vérités pour alléger votre descente), as well as the title Composer of the Year from the Canadian Music Council (1983). He has also earned the Förderpreis für Musik from the city of Cologne (1985), the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music (1987, for À propos...et le Baron perché?) and the orchestral prize of the Forum junger Komponisten of WDR (1989, for Le cactus rieur et la demoiselle qui souffrait d'une soif insatiable). More recently, he received the first Serge Garant Award of the Nelligan Foundation in Montréal (1991) and the prizes Musical Personality of the Year (1999), Musical Event of the Year (2000, for La symphonie du millénaire) and Artistic Director of the Year and Musical Event of the Year (both 2003, both shared with Walter Boudreau, both for the biannual Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques festival), all from the Québec Music Council. His music has been performed in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, the UK, and the USA.
As a conductor, he has often led the Ensemble XXe Siècle of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and has served as music director of the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble since 1996. In addition, he has served as co-artistic coordinator with Walter Boudreau and principal conductor of the biannual Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques festival since 2003.
Prof. Bouliane is also active in other positions. He played electric guitar in an amateur rock band in Montréal in the late 1960s and toured Europe as a sound technician for Ensemble Köln in the 1980s. In addition, he served as program director of the Association de Musique Actuelle de Québec in the late 1970s and as a member of the board of directors of the Kölner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik from 1990-93. He served as composer-in-residence to the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec from 1992-95 and to the Heidelberg Philharmonisches Orchester in 1995-96 and has served on the artistic committee of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec since 1995. Moreover, he founded the ensemble Série B in Cologne in 1991 and the annual masterclass Rencontres de Musique Nouvelle at Domaine Forget in 1995, for which he has since served as co-artistic director with Lorraine Vaillancourt. Most recently, he has served as composer-in-residence to the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2002.
He lectured on counterpoint, harmony and instrumentation at the Université Laval from 1978-80 and has taught as Professor of Composition at McGill University in Montréal since 1995. He has also guest-lectured in Germany, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.
He lived primarily in Cologne from 1980-91 and since then has lived in both Cologne and Montréal.
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Street address (Canada): Prof. Denys Bouliane, McGill University, Faculty of Music, 555 Sherbrooke West, E-313, Montréal, QC H3A 1E3, Canada
Telephone (Canada; university): 514 398 4535 ext. 5643
Fax (Canada; university): 514 398 8061
Street address (Germany): Prof. Denys Bouliane, Frankfurter Str. 282, 51147 Cologne, Germany
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COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
STAGE: Une soirée Vian (meta-Kabarett), soprano, baritone, 2 clarinets (both + saxophone, Electronic Wind Instrument), trombone, double bass, electric piano, percussion, live electronics, 1990-91; Woyzeck (incidental music, play by Georg Büchner), orchestra, tape, 1993, revised 1994; Lulu (incidental music, play by Frank Wedekind), violin, piano, tape, 1995-96; Passacaglia without a Theme (ballet, choreography by Édouard Lock), 2000
ORCHESTRAL: Douze tiroirs de demi-vérités pour alléger votre descente, piano, orchestra, 1981-82; Une foire imaginée, 4 percussion, large orchestra (minimum 65 players), 1982, revised 2000-01; Le cactus rieur et la demoiselle qui souffrait d'une soif insatiable, large orchestra (71/83 players), 1986; Entre chien et loup, oboe, 2 percussion, 29/46 strings, 1994; Pour parer la Parade!, orchestra, tape, 1994; Concerto for Orchestra (Variations without a theme), 1988-95; Passacaglia ohne Thema, 1995; Concerto, piano, large orchestra (68/80 players), 1995-97; Du fouet et du plaisir, piano, small orchestra (14 players), 1996-97; Le sexe des anges, bass clarinet, orchestra, 2000; La Neige est blanche mais l'eau est noire, 2003; Tetrapharmakos (triple concerto), violin, cello, piano, large orchestra (72/84 players), 2003-04
CHAMBER MUSIC: Quintette à vent, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1976; Climats, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, double bass, 4 percussion, 1978; Jeux de Société, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, piano (all + glockenspiel, maracas), 1979-80, revised 1981; Rituel lapidaire, en souvenance..., English horn, percussion, 1984; Comme un silène entr'ouvert, piccolo, oboe, bass clarinet, trombone, double bass, piano, synthesizer, 4-track tape, 1983-85; À propos...et le Baron perché?, 2 bass clarinets (2nd + clarinet), 2 contrabassoons, 2 French horns, trumpet, 2 trombones, 5-string double bass, 1985; A certain chinese cyclopaedia, flute, English horn, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1986; Trois petits simiodrames, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 1990, revised 1999; Paysage Qu..., 2 clarinets (2nd + bass clarinet), 2 trumpets, 2 trombones (2nd + bass trombone), violin, viola, cello, double bass, 2 percussion, 1992; Dt. Landschaft, 2 clarinets (2nd + bass clarinet), 2 trumpets, 2 trombones (2nd + bass trombone), violin, viola, cello, double bass, 2 percussion, 1992-93; Des caresses..., alto flute, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 1994; Appels-Rappels, 4 French horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, 1994-95; Qualia sui, violin, cello, piano, 2001; Rumore sui, string quartet, 2002-03; Tremore sui (sonata), violin, piano, 2004-05
CHORAL: Jappements à la lune (text by Claude Gauvreau), 32 mixed voices, orchestra, 1982, revised 2000-01; La symphonie du millénaire, choruses, organ, carillon, 15 church bells, 2000 bell ringers, 2 fire trucks, large orchestra (333 players), tape, 1999-2000 (collaboration with 18 other composers)
VOCAL: Quatre Chants (texts by Émile Nelligan, Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, Alain Grandbois), soprano, cello, piano, 1974-75; Das Affenlied (text by Gottfried Benn), soprano, 1988; Manche haben Trompinetten (text by Boris Vian), soprano, bass clarinet, 1989-90; De Sophie à Léon (text by the composer, after Leo and Sofia Tolstoy), soprano, violin, large orchestra (70/82 players), 1993 (one section may be performed separately: Epilogue à Anna Karénine)
PIANO: Neuf Résidus, 2 electric pianos (1 player), 1986-87; Contredanse du silène Badouny, 1998
ELECTROACOUSTIC: Paraphrase en pente douce sur le Hareng Saur de Charles Cros (texts by Charles Cros, André Breton), tape, 1984; Pilu, wo bist du?, tape, 1985; Organum, tape, 1985 (collaboration with sculptor Christa Feuerberg)
Climats. Serge Garant/SMCQ Ensemble (RCI: 546) (LP)
Manche haben Trompinetten. Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano; Michael Riessler, bass clarinet (Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik 1990, documentation CD)
Une soirée Vian. Série B (Col Legno, 1997)
Jeux de Société; Comme un silène entr'ouvert; À propos...et le Baron perché?. Kristi Becker, piano; Robert HP Platz/Ensemble Köln; Walter Boudreau/SMCQ Ensemble (SNE: 543)
Douze tiroirs de demi-vérités pour alléger votre descente; A certain chinese cyclopaedia; Le cactus rieur et la demoiselle qui souffrait d'une soif insatiable. Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Calamus Quintett; Gabriel Chmura/National Arts Centre Orchestra; Simon Streatfeild/Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (SNE: 567)
(Last updated on May 11, 2005)