Pierre Henry, father of the ‘musique concrète’, died

The French composer Pierre Henry is at the age of 89 died. That has his entourage Thursday, let us know. Henry is regarded as the father of the musique concrète, a genre in electronic music.


The composer was a creator of eclectic and often bizarre sounds. Is known to ‘Messe pour le temps présent” of 1967, a collaboration with Michel Colombier, including the commercial success ” Psyché Rock.”

Modern elektromuzikanten as Fatboy Slim, Saint Germain , and Dimitri from Paris ‘Psyché Rock’ remixed.

Some call Pierre Henry, the “grandfather of techno”, but he spoke rather about the ‘father of modern music.’

‘Pierre Henry with Pierre Schaeffer and Stockhausen is part of the larger geluidspioniers of the 20th century that the way of making music have changed’, according to fellow composer Jean-Michel Jarre opposite the French news agency AFP. For Pierre Henry, just as for Pierre Schaeffer, music is not only notes, but also sounds like that of a door, the wind or the rain.’ Henry inspired many choreographers, such as George Balanchin, Merce Cunningham or Maguy Marin.

His most fruitful collaboration was, however, with the choreographer Maurice Béjart, for whom he has a 15-to-many wrote pieces, including ‘Messe pour le temps présent’. The ballet was in 1967, staged at the Avignon festival.

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