Philippe Hurel


Philippe Hurel est un compositeur français. Après les études universitaires à Toulouse et musicales à Paris, il travaille au département de Recherches Musicales de l'IRCAM (1985-86, 1989-1990). Il est pensionnaire à la Vialla Médicis à Rome de 1986 à 1988.

Philippe Hurel was born in Domfront (France) in 1955, and studied musicology at the University of Toulouse. He furthers his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. From 1985 to 1990, he works with the Musical research team at Ircam, and leaves temporarily for a residency at the Villa Medicis in Roma (1986-1988). He lives now in Versailles where he pursues his compositional activities, and shares with Pierre-André Valade the management of the ensemble Court-Circuit.

Philippe Hurel belongs to the generation of French composers who have developed the principles of the so-called "spectral" music, initiated by Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail at the end of the 70's.

Philippe Hurel's music is, in accordance with the specificities of this aesthetic stream, strongly based on timbre. It is conceived to be understood at first hearing, and integrates the use of processes allowing a smooth progressive transition from one state of sound matter to another. Strongly influenced by his research in psycho-acoustics, Philippe Hurel is fond of timbral ambiguities, and this has won him the merit of being one of the composers who, during these past years, have best re-addressed the issues of melodic and rhythmical functions.

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