Works performed by Earplay:

Métal, Terre, Eau

Tôn-Thât Tiêt (b. 1933 in Vietnam) moved to Paris in 1958 to study at the Paris Conservatoire. He became a French citizen in 1977.

At the Conservatoire, he studied composition with Jean Rivier and André Jolivet. At first he was drawn to serial technique, but from 1966 he turned to another mode of inspiration. Of Jolivet, he says:

As a professor, he has never tried to influence me, nor push me toward any special kind of style. Our professor-student relationship was of a spiritual order. Yet through his suggestion and what Rivier had said, I came to realize that it was in the oriental way of thinking that I would find my style in music. I owe to Rivier the language and the shaping of my music which, as Jolivet has said, should be "a means to express ideas and not an aim in itself".

Tôn-Thât’s music speaks a special language in which oriental and occidental trends are fused, although the inspiration and thoughts are drawn primarily from oriental sources. He has composed scores for feature films and has collaborated on dance pieces. In 1993, he founded the France-Vietnam Music Association to promote the development of traditional music in Vietnam.

[from program for May 20, 2013 concert]

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