Ivo Malec

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Ivo Malec

Ivo Malec (born 30 March 1925 in Zagreb) is a Croatian-born French[1] composer, music educator and conductor. One of the earliest Yugoslav composers to obtain high international regard, his works have been performed by symphony orchestras throughout Europe and North America.


Coming from a rather 'classical' background, he met Pierre Schaeffer whom he considers his 'true and only master'; Schaeffer's teachings turned Malec into one of the most important leaders of the Groupe de recherches musicales.[2] Since then he dedicated himself to a more radical[3] style. He received a number of awards including the Grand Prix National de Musique in 1992. He is resident in France since 1955[4] and taught at the Paris Conservatoire from 1972 to 1990 where he taught composers such as Edith Canat de Chizy, Denis Dufour,[5] Philippe Hurel,[6] Philippe Leroux and Gerard Pesson.[7] See: List of music students by teacher: K to M#Ivo Malec.

Malec's approach to composition which in ways is similar to that of Denis Dufour or Xenakis is the emphasis on all aspects of sound including texture, density, movement, timbre and notably sonic character and form and the use of sound objects.[8]


  • Klaviersonate, 1949
  • Sinfonie, 1951
  • Cellosonate, 1956
  • Mouvements en coloeurs, 1959
  • Reflets, 1961
  • Sigma, 1963
  • Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll, 1964
  • Lignes et Points, 1965
  • Cantate pour elle, 1966
  • Oral, 1967
  • Lumina, 1968
  • Luminétudes, 1968
  • Lied, 1969
  • Dodécaméron, 1970
  • Pieris, 1975
  • Triola ou Symphonie pour moi-même, 1977–78
  • Week-end, 1982
  • Ottava bassa, 1984
  • Attacca, 1986
  • Artemisia, 1991
  • Doppio Coro, 1993
  • Exempla, 1994
  • Ottava alta, 1995
  • Sonoris causa, 1997
  • Arc-en-cello, 2000


  1. ^ Langlois, Franck. "Catalogue of Éditions Salabert". musicologie.org.
  2. ^ Culot, Hubert. "Musicweb international".
  3. ^ All Music, All Music. "All Music".
  4. ^ Discogs, Discogs. "Discogs".
  5. ^ "Denis Dufour". Biography. Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine.
  6. ^ Hurel, Philippe. "Official site".
  7. ^ Pesson, Gerard. "Official site".
  8. ^ Bick, Andreas. "The Concept of "Sound Object" by Pierre Schaeffer".

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