He was mostly self-taught in composition and orchestration, although he followed the advice of Ernest Ansermet and Frank Martin. From 1963, he worked regularly in French literature and various music magazines abroad.
Ancelin was appointed inspector general of music at the city of Paris in 1978 by Marcel Landowski. He was also behind other groups in favor of music, such as the European Union of Composers (1992), the French Society of Contemporary Music, and Music Action Philip Morris. At the latter, he presided a commission comprising, among others, Sauguet, Landowski, Rolf Liebermann, and Gabriel Bacquier, charged with discovering and promoting young French interpreters, as well as the creation and dissemination of French works, both in France and abroad.
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