Alain Bancquart

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Alain Bancquart (born 20 June 1934 in Dieppe) is a French composer. He had his musical formation at the Conservatoire de Paris (violin, viola, chambre music, counterpoint, fugue and composition) with Darius Milhaud. He was a violist with the Orchestre National de France until 1973. He became Directeur Musical des Orchestres de Régions at the ORTF (1973–1974), then musical director of the Orchestre National de France (1975–1976).

Since 1967 he has dedicated his compositional work to the study of micro-intervals in a neo-serial approach using quarter-tones,[1] and more recently 16th tones.[2]

He is married to French poet Marie-Claire Bancquart.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • five symphonies for large orchestra
  • two concertos for violin
  • partition concertante for cello and ensemble
  • two works for string trio and orchestra
  • two chamber operas
  • three string quartets
  • many pieces for flute
  • many vocal works
  • Baroques for viola and orchestra (1973)
  • Concerto for viola and orchestra (1965)
  • Jeux pour lumière for violin, viola, cello and orchestra (1969)
  • Les Tarots d'Ulysse for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, violin, viola and flute soli, children's chorus, percussion, synthesizers and tape (1984)
  • Ma manière d'arbre II: Du lent sommeil des feuilles for viola and 10 instruments (1992)
  • Écorces I for violin and viola (published 1968)
  • Sonata for viola solo (1983)
  • Duo for viola and harp (1985)


  1. ^ Bancquart Alain, "Musique: imaginaire, combinatoire, Essai sur la composition en micro-intervalles", in Les cahiers du CIREM, n°28–29, P.U.T, Tours, 1994, pp.9–64
  2. ^ Franck Jedrzejewski [fr], "Alain Bancquart", Dictionnaire des musiques microtonales [Dictionary of Microtonal Music] (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2003) ISBN 2-7475-5576-3.
  3. ^ "Marie-Claire Bancquart". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved June 5, 2015.

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