Composer born in Richmond, Quebec, 1925. Gabriel Charpentier studied piano and Gregorian chant before continuing his studies in Paris (1947-53).
Most of his compositions were intended for theatre. Through his work he created an aesthetic that linked drama and music virtually inextricably - his effect on the theatre survives in Quebec houses to this day.
He became music director for the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, and wrote the music for its productions of Venise sauvée (Lebesque), Richard II, La Nuit des rois (Shakespeare), Le Soulier de satin (Claudel), Les Choéphores (Aeschylus), Rhinocéros (Ionesco), among others.
He is also the author of a cycle of musical theatre works that includes Claracello, ou Répertoire, Clara et les Philosophes, An English Lesson, or Clara-Teacher, A Tea Symphony, or the Perils of Clara, and Clarabelle-Clarimage.
Source: Canadian Music Centre
Last updated 2020-03-23