Jean Pascal Chaigne

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­Jean-Pascal Chaigne studied composition with Allain Gaussin then Emmanuel Nunes and Stefano Gervasoni at the Paris Conservatory where he obtained first prizes in composition, orchestration, analysis, harmony, counterpoint and 20th century music writing. His works are performed by ensembles such as Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Musicatreize, L’Itinéraire, Ensemble Aleph, L'Instant Donné, Sound Initiative, Quatuor Béla, Quatuor Leonis and Quatuor Habanera.
 
Jean-Pascal Chaigne's music illustrates his particular interest for poetry: first, his will to include his works within rigorously developed cycles – Le travail du silence, Mezza Voce, Objets, Hymnes à la nuit, Les chiffres du corps and his Triptych after Kafka – echoes the requirements of Mallarmé in Livre; also, his music is almost always inspired by the work of poets such as Anne-Marie Albiach, Claude Royet-Journoud, Roger Giroux and Danielle Collobert.
 
Holding a PhD in musicology and author of several analytical articles, Jean-Pascal Chaigne also conducts research activity, thus nourishing his reflexion on musical creation. After teaching harmony, composition and analysis in the universities of Nice and Saint-Etienne, then composition, orchestration and musical writing in the Annecy Regional Conservatory, he is now professor and researcher at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.

Featured Pieces

Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Solo Instrument


De miroir, d'absence for viola da gamba (2016)
Wie ein Toter for cello (2016)
Trace for double bass (2014)
Hymne II for percussion (2013)
L'épaisseur d'un cri for baroque flute (2012)
Vertical et blanc I for cello (2009)
Vertical et blanc II for viola (2009)
Vertical et blanc III for violin (2009)
Objets I for bass clarinet (2007)

Instrument and Electronics


Immer wieder Angst for ensemble (2016)
Dire II for ensemble (2014)

Vocal Ensemble


Shlof for vocal sextet (2015)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Reflet for clarinet, violin and cello (2014)
Dire I for two pianos (2012)
Objets IV for saxophone quartet (2011)
Trois mouvements for string quartet (2009)

Saxophone Quartet


Objets IV for saxophone quartet (2011)

Solo Voice


L'énigme et son sommeil for soprano (2011)

String Quartet


Trois mouvements for string quartet (2009)
De miroir, d'absence for viola da gamba (2016)
Dire I for two pianos (2012)
Dire II for ensemble (2014)
Hymne II for percussion (2013)
Immer wieder Angst for ensemble (2016)
L'énigme et son sommeil for soprano (2011)
L'épaisseur d'un cri for baroque flute (2012)
Objets I for bass clarinet (2007)
Objets IV for saxophone quartet (2011)
Reflet for clarinet, violin and cello (2014)
Shlof for vocal sextet (2015)
Trace for double bass (2014)
Trois mouvements for string quartet (2009)
Vertical et blanc I for cello (2009)
Vertical et blanc II for viola (2009)
Vertical et blanc III for violin (2009)
Wie ein Toter for cello (2016)