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Clermont Pépin

Clermont Pépin OC OQ (May 15, 1926 – September 2, 2006) was a Canadian pianist, composer[1] and teacher[2] who lived in Quebec.

Early life and education

Jean Joseph Clermont Pépin was born in Saint-Georges, Quebec in 1926.[3] Pépin studied with influential Canadian composers Claude Champagne (Montreal)[4] and Arnold Walter (Toronto), and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1941 to 1944 with Rosario Scalero. He composed music for a film in 1948.[5] In 1949 he won the Quebec government study grant Prix d'Europe as a pianist, which afforded him the opportunity to study several years in Paris (1949-1955).[4] During this time he studied composition with Arthur Honegger and André Jolivet, and analysis with Olivier Messiaen at the same time as Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Serge Garant.


In the 1950s Pépin's compositions were performed by a number of symphony orchestras.[6][7] He taught at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal from 1955 to 1964 and later served as director from 1967 to 1973.[8]

His pupils included François Dompierre, André Gagnon, André Prévost, Jacques Hétu, Silvio Palmieri and Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux. Pépin was best known for his String Quartets Nos. 3 and 4, his Symphonies Nos. 3 (Quasars), 4 (La messe sur le monde) and 5 (Implosion) and his ballets L'Oiseau-phénix and Le Porte-rêve.

Pépin's work was performed regularly on CBC Radio in the 1980s. He was named to the Order of Canada in 1981.[9]

In 1985, he established the Concours de Musique Clermont-Pépin to encourage the development of artists from the Beauce region of Quebec. In 1990, he was named an officer of the National Order of Quebec.

He died of liver cancer in 2006, aged 80.



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  2. ^ Potvin, Gilles (16 December 2013). "Clermont Pépin". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  3. ^ Godfrey Ridout; James D. Leahy; Toronto Symphony (1 August 1997). Concert Goer's Companion to Music. Alfred Publishing Company, Incorporated. p. 567. ISBN 978-1-55122-006-2.
  4. ^ a b Robert Fallon (22 April 2016). Messiaen Perspectives 2: Techniques, Influence and Reception. Routledge. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-317-09715-0.
  5. ^ Le Digeste français. 100-105. Editions Aujourd'hui. 1948. p. 78.
  6. ^ Louise G. McCready (1957). Famous Musicians: MacMillan, Johnson, Pelletier, Willan. Clarke, Irwin. p. 98.
  7. ^ Musical Courier. 141-142. 1950. p. 45.
  8. ^ Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. International Service (1964). Biographies de compositeurs canadiens. Scholarly Press. pp. 63, 80.
  9. ^ "Order of Canada: Clermont Pépin". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 2 April 2017.