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Georges Aperghis (Greek: Γιώργος Απέργης; born 23 December 1945 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek composer working primarily in the field of experimental music theater but has also composed a large amount of non-programmatic chamber music. He is married to actress Édith Scob and lives in France.

His works are often very flamboyant and exhibitionist, sharing a kinship with the work of Vinko Globokar, though Aperghis' music is far less violent and much more playful. He studied with Iannis Xenakis and founded the music and theater company ATEM (Atelier Théâtre et Musique). He was a "composer in residence" in Strasbourg, France.

Selected works

Il gigante golia (1975/1990) for voice and orchestra
Histoire de loups (1976) opera
Récitations (1977–1978) for solo voice
Le Corps à Corps (1978) for a percussionist and his Zarb
En un tournemain (1987) for viola solo
Cinq Couplets (1988) for voice and bass clarinet
Triangle carré (1989) for string quartet and three percussionists
Simulacre (1991–1995) series of four pieces for voice and small chamber groupings
Sextuor 'L'Origine des espèces' (1992) opera for five female voices and 'cello
Crosswind (1997) for viola and saxophone quartet
Volte-face (1997) for viola solo
Die Hamletmaschine-oratorio (2000) for choir and orchestra with soloists
Rasch (2001) for violin and viola
Avis de tempête (2005) opera with chamber ensemble and electronics


External links

Georges Aperghis' official site
The Banff Center: Who the H... is Georges Aperghis? Biography
(French) A biography of Georges Aperghis, from IRCAM's website.
The online music review La Folia has review articles about Aperghis: Further Aperghis Sightings, Ictus Rocks: New Romitelli and Aperghis on Cyprès and Georges Aperghis and Die Hamletmaschine


Listening

UbuWeb Sound Poetry: George Aperghis featuring Récitations for solo voice 1977-1978
Excerpts from sound archives of Aperghis's works.

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