Claude Vivier, composer (b at Montréal 14 Apr 1948; d at Paris, France 12 Mar 1983). He studied in Montréal at the CONSERVATOIRE DE MUSIQUE DU QUÉBEC with Gilles TREMBLAY (composition) and Irving Heller (piano), then in Europe with Gottfried Michael Koenig, Hans Ulrich Humpert, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Paul Méfano (composition and electroacoustics). During his brief but prolific career he composed some 40 works. He made his name with Prolifération (1969). His passion for languages - he was fluent in 7 - plus his many trips to Europe and Indonesia greatly influenced his writing. He excelled in compositions for the human voice, including Chants, Love Songs, Lonely Child, Wo bist du Licht! and his opera Kopernikus.
Vivier's touching music seeks to convey a humanitarian message. In Montréal he cofounded Les Événements du neuf in 1978. The CANADIAN MUSIC COUNCIL named him "composer of the year" for 1981. Ignoring his friends' warnings, he frequented dangerous milieux and died violently, murdered in his Paris apartment. He posthumously received one of the 2 awards of the referendum concert organized in Paris by the Colonne orchestra (1984).