Paul Méfano

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Paul Méfano

Paul Méfano (born March 6, 1937 in Basra / Iraq ) is a French composer and music teacher .


Méfano studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Andrée Vaurabourg-Honegger , Darius Milhaud and Georges Dandelot . He also attended courses with Pierre Boulez , Karlheinz Stockhausen and Henri Pousseur , took part in the Darmstadt summer courses and studied composition with Olivier Messiaen .

Méfano lived in the USA from 1966 to 1968, then in Berlin for a year. In 1970 he returned to France and founded the ensemble 2e2m for contemporary music. From 1972 to 1988 he directed the Conservatory of Champigny-sur-Marne, then he taught composition and orchestration at the Conservatoire de Paris and in 1996 became director of the Conservatory of Versailles.

In addition to works for individual instruments and chamber music composed Méfano vocal and orchestral works, and the action musicale Micromégas I . He was u. a. Knight of the Ordre national du Mérite (1980) and Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1985), the Grand prix national de la musique and the Prix ​​Sacem for symphonic music.


  • Involutive ... for clarinet, 1959
  • Lignes for bass and ensemble, 1968
  • Ondes-Espaces mouvants for ensemble, 1975
  • Mouvement calme for string quartet, 1976
  • Micromégas , action lyrique in seven pictures (after Voltaire ), 1979
  • Traits suspendus for bass flute, 1980
  • Voyager , Intermezzo for the opera Micromégas , 1989
  • La matrice des vents for Shō and tape, 1991
  • Scintillante for bassoon and MIDI keyboard, 1991
  • Mémoire de la porte blanche for piano, 1991
  • Asahi for oboe and electronic music, 1992
  • Dragonbass for bass, two saxophones and synthesizer, 1993
  • Deux mélodies for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet and viola, 1995
  • Mon ami Emile, une interprétation des Valses de Waldteufel , 1st book: three waltz cycles for flute, clarinet, piano and string quartet, 1995–96
  • Trois chants 1958 for soprano, three saxophones, three percussionists and three cellos, 1997
  • Cinq pièces for two violins, 1998
  • Mon ami Emile, une interprétation des Valses de Waldteufel , 2nd book for flute, clarinet, piano, harmonium and string quartet, 1998
  • Hélios for flute and string trio , 1998
  • Alone for violin , 1999
  • Etrange / arrêtée / seule froissée for two flutes, violin, cello and percussion
  • Tronoën for cello solo, 2001
  • Jades for flute, clarinet, guitar and two cellos, 2003
  • Instantanées , 25 small pieces for solo instruments
  • Cendre for voice and ensemble, 2008