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Composer Ivo Malec has died

The Croatian born French composer and conductor was 94 years old

Ina GRM have announced the death in late August of composer, conductor and educator Ivo Malec.

Born in Zagreb in 1925, Malec was a classically trained musician who dedicated his musical efforts to electroacoustic composition, working with orchestras throughout Europe and North America. In 1955 he visited Paris and discovered the work of Pierre Schaeffer at the studios of Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française. As Robert Barry notes in his review of U Potrazi Za Novim Zvukom 1956–1984 (The Wire 390), the first piece Malec produced in those studios was Malena, a work the composer himself later dismissed as "naive". Schaeffer did not agree however, and cited the piece – which featured manipulated texts by surrealist poet Radovan Ivšić – for bringing a “poetic tone” to musique concrète. Malec became an important figure in Groupe De Recherches Musicales and later taught at Paris Conservatoire from 1972–90. In 1992 he was awarded the National Music Grand Prix and made Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2006.