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André Prévost, OC (30 July 1934 – 27 January 2001) was a Canadian composer and music educator.[1][2] He was awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal in 1977 and in 1985 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He also received the "Trophy for Concert Music" from the Performing Rights Organization of Canada.[3][4]

André Prévost
Born(1934-07-30)30 July 1934
Died27 January 2001(2001-01-27) (aged 66)
Occupationcomposer and music educator
AwardsOrder of Canada


Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Hawkesbury, Ontario.[5] He grew up in St. Jerome, Quebec.[6]

Prévost was trained at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal where he was a pupil of Isabelle Delorme, Jean Papineau-Couture, and Clermont Pépin. Following graduation, he was awarded grants from the Canada Council and the Government of Québec which enabled him to study with Olivier Messiaen and Henri Dutilleux in Paris. In 1963 he won the Prix d'Europe, an award which provided him with the opportunity to study electroacoustic music under Michel Philippot.


During the 1960s Prévost taught at the Tanglewood Music Centre with fellow faculty members Aaron Copland, Zoltán Kodály, Gunther Schuller and Elliott Carter. In April 1967, accompanied by Michèle Lalonde, he performed the oratorio Terre des hommes at the Place des arts opening ceremonies of the Expo 67 world's fair in Montreal, attended by the official delegations of its participating countries, where they strongly projected French writer's Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 'idealist rhetoric'.[7] From the mid-1970s until his retirement in 1996, he was a professor of music at the Université de Montréal.[8][9] Among his notable students were composers José Evangelista, Denis Gougeon, Anne Lauber, José Manuel Montañés, and Michel Longtin.[10][11]

His composition style has been compared to that of Alban Berg.[12]

Prévost died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[5]


  1. ^ "Trois noms, deux salles, un débat". TopoLocal, Charles Michaud, 6 May 2016
  2. ^ "Hommage à la musique mélodique et rêveuse de José Evangelista". Radio Canada International, Paloma Martínez | 29 September 2017
  3. ^, Grove Music Online
  4. ^ "PRÉVOST, ANDRÉ, 1934- MUS 264". Music Archives at the National Library of Canada.
  5. ^ a b André Prévost at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  6. ^ Robert Fallon. Messiaen Perspectives 2: Techniques, Influence and Reception. Taylor & Francis; 22 April 2016. ISBN 978-1-317-09714-3. p. 284–.
  7. ^ Krôller, Eva-Marie. "Expo '67: Canada's Camelot?"[permanent dead link] Canadian Literature, Spring–Summer 1997, Issue 152–153, pp. 36–51.
  8. ^ "Denis Gougeon: Happy is He Who ...". La Scena, by Réjean Beaucage / September 1, 2013
  9. ^ Walter Pitman. Elmer Iseler: Choral Visionary. Dundurn; 28 July 2008. ISBN 978-1-4597-1481-6. p. 215–.
  10. ^ "Irresistibly Infectious - André Prévost (1934-2001)". La Scena, Marie Trudel / March 1, 2001
  11. ^ "André Prévost fonds".
  12. ^ Bob Gilmore. Claude Vivier: A Biography. Boydell & Brewer; 2014. ISBN 978-1-58046-485-7. p. 31–.

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