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alain celo

the composer

Born in 1960 in Neuilly-sur-Seine (France), Alain Celo eventually devoted himself to music after completing his high-school diploma with a major in sciences, and winning a First Prize at a national-level school competition in music (1978).

He is selected to join the Orchestre National de Lorraine in 1986, and has worked there since then.

Settled in Metz, he enrolls at the music school where he attends harmony, counterpoint, fugue, orchestration classes and received a Golden Medal in each of these matters.

He is part of François Narboni's composition class and ends his studies with a First Prize in the advanced class and the SACEM Prize. Advises were also given to him by Claude Lefebvre, George Crumb and Martin Matalon.

Mainly inspired by the relationship between man and nature, his research aims at creating a homogeneous language with heterogeneous elements, thus offering some aesthetic similarities with Mahler's work. He admits to being influenced by Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky, but also jazz and ethnic traditional music.

The Orchestre National de Lorraine, United instruments of Lucilin, Souffle d'Ebène, Trio KDM, Ensemble Stravinsky and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble are among the ensembles that have interpreted his pieces up to this day.

 
his works

For Orchestra
- 2012 "Moments crépusculaires et symphoniques" (20mins)
   1.1.1.1.1.1.1.0, cordes, un percussioniste
- 2010 "Le combat du jour et de la nuit (9mins)
   orchestre d'harmonie

For Ensemble
- 2014 "Und ruhig fliesst der Rhein" (17mins)
   Harpe, violon, alto, violoncelle et contrebasse
- 2012 "L'arbre aux corbeaux" (12mins)
   Harpe, flûte, clarinette, violon, alto, violoncelle, piano et percussion
- 2011 "Des fables…qui coulent de source !" (1h00)
   Mise en scène et en musique des fables de Jean De la Fontaine
   comédien, mezzo-soprano, flûte, clarinette, violon, violoncelle, accordéon et
   percussion
- 2005 Le Graoully, dragon messin " (30mins)
   conte musical pour récitant, flûte, clarinette, trompette, trombone, violon,
   contrebasse, percussion
- 2003 "Couleurs fugitives" (8mins)
   flûte, hautbois, basson, guitare et harpe
- 2001 "The Erl-King" (8mins)
   choeur de femmes, baryton, 2 altos, 2 violoncelles et 1 contrebasse
   (traduction anglaise de Walter Scott du Erl-könig de Goethe)

For 4 instruments (or voice)
- 2012 "Que ce monde demeure" (15mins)
   mezzo-soprano, flûte, violoncelle et piano
   sur des poèmes d'Yves Bonnefoy
- 2011 "Yver, vous n'êtes qu'un vilain !" (5mins)
   choeur mixte a cappella
- 2006 "Jardin nocturne" (3mins30)
   flûte, violon, contrebasse et percussion
- 2004 "L'Amour et le sablier" (20mins)
   soprano, flûte, alto et piano
   sur des poèmes de Louis Chadourne
- 2003 "Espaces désertiques" (20mins)
   flûte, violon, contrebasse et percussion
- 2003 "Loreleï" (20mins)
   vibraphone et trio à cordes
- 2002 "Planète et soufflet" (8mins)
   quatre accordéons 8 mn (2002)

For 3 instruments
- 2007 "Safari" (4mins30)
   violon, trombone et contrebasse
- 2002 "Envols d'oiseaux ivres" (6mins)
   alto, piano et vibraphone
- 2000 "Rondo" (6mins)
   violon, clarinette et piano
- 1996 "Commentaires sur Verlaine" (12mins)
   alto, piano et récitant
- 1994 "Mouvements de nuages" (15mins)
   flûte, alto et contrebasse



For 2 instruments
- 2016 "Le rêve du jaguar" (10mins)
   trompette et piano
- 2015 "Le songe de Tchouang-Tseu" (13mins)
   alto et orgue
- 2007 "Savane" (11mins)
   accordéon et marimba

For 1 instrument
- 2009 "L'appel sauvage" (4mins)
   trombone
- 2006 "L'âme errante" (4mins30)
   violon seul
- 2004 "Bleus azur" (4mins40)
   alto et électronique en temps réel
   sur une vidéo de Philippe Baudry
- 2001 "Nocturne" (2mins)
   vibraphone

For Ensemble and Clarinets
- 2015 "Le concert des oiseaux"
   conte musical pour récitant(e) et ensemble de clarinettes
   en préparation d'édition chez IME
- 2006 "Petite boîte à musique se détraquant progressivement" (4mins30)
   edition IME
- 2004 "Le cri du serpent" (8mins)
   ensemble de clarinettes et orgue
- 2003 "Atlantique" (8mins)
   edition IME
- 2001 "Gulf Stream" (4mins30)
   edition IME

Pieces for young performers
- 2016 "Maëlstrom" (10mins)
   ensemble de clarinettes, violons et altos (cycles I et II)
- 2006 "20000 ans av. J.C et Belle dame en ses atours"
   flûte (1er/2ème cycle) et piano
   edition Robert Martin
- 2004 "Bruissements et craquements d'automne"
   flûte seule (fin de 1er cycle)
   edition Robert Martin
- 2003 "La matinée d'un faune" (2mins)
   flûte à bec, guitare et harpe (1er cycle)
   edition Da Camera
- 2000 "In Memoriam Bach" (3mins)
   violon, violoncelle et piano (2ème cycle)