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Jean-Louis Florentz
1947 - 2004
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J.L. Florentz
Jean-Louis Florentz (19/12/1947 - 04/07/2004), a French musical ethnologiest and a composer. He was born at Asnières on 19th of December, 1947. He first studied in Arabic Literature and Physics at Lyon University , and then continued to study University of Paris where he obtained a bachelor degree. From 1971 to 1975, he entered Paris Conservatory and studied under Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Schaeffer. He also acted cooperatively with Antoine Duhamel. While he was in the conservatory, he travelled (for research) to Western India, Polynessia, and Africa for several times. Above all, he went to Kenya region for 4 times for ethnic animal skin-made instruments. In 1979, he lived in Villa-Médicis, Roma as a member of French Academy in Roma. Then at Casa de Velázquez in Madrid in 1983. In 1984, he was appointed as a professor of analyzing traditional ethnic music in National Conservatory of Lyon. He has been numerously awarded such as Lili Boulanger Compositional Prize in 1978, SACEM prize and French Institute Prize in 1980, Civic Prize of Paris in 1989. In 1995, he was appointed as a member of Amademy of Beaux-Arts. He died in Paris on 4th of July, 2004.
Requiem de la Vierge
Composed in:1988
Requiem de la Vierge (Requiem of the Virgin) is Florentz's opus 7. Florentz received in 1990 the Musical Grand Prix of Foundation Prince Rock of Monaco for the Requiem de la Vierge.