Pierre Schaeffer

Musique concrète, Composer

1910 – 1995

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Who was Pierre Schaeffer?

Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer was a French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. His innovative work in both the sciences—particularly communications and acoustics—and the various arts of music, literature and radio presentation after the end of World War II, as well as his anti-nuclear activism and cultural criticism garnered him widespread recognition in his lifetime.

Amongst the vast range of works and projects he undertook, Schaeffer is most widely and currently recognized for his accomplishments in electronic and experimental music, at the core of which stands his role as the chief developer of a unique and early form of avant-garde music known as musique concrète. The genre emerged in Europe from the utilization of new music technology developed in the post-Nazi Germany era, following the advance of electroacoustic and acousmatic music.

Schaeffer's writings are often oriented towards his development of the genre, as well as the theoretics and philosophy of music in general.

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Born
Aug 14, 1910
Nancy
Also known as
  • Schaeffer, Pierre
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • École Polytechnique
Died
Aug 19, 1995
Aix-en-Provence

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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