Manen, Christian

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Christian Manen


Born: 1934, France

Country: France

Studies: Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris (1955)



Christian Manen (born July 3, 1934 in Boulogne-Billancourt) is a French composer and music educator .

Manen studied at the Conservatory of Nice and between 1949 and 1961 at the Conservatoire de Paris . Here he was a student of Berthe Duru (Solfège), Jules Gentil (piano), Félix Passerone (drums), Marcel Dupré and Rolande Falcinelli (organ and improvisation), Louis Fourestier (orchestra), Noël Gallon (counterpoint and fugue), Henri Challan (Harmony), Norbert Dufourcq (music history) and Tony Aubin (composition). In 1961 he won with the cantata La Loreley the Premier Grand Prix de Rome, This was followed by until 1965 associated with the price stay in the Villa Medici in Rome.

Since 1954, Manen taught at the Conservatory of Asnieres, since 1965 he was also a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris. In addition, he also taught at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR) and other music schools, including at the École supérieure de musique César-Franck . Since 1985 he gave regular lectures at the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice . His students included Thierry Escaich , Pascal Devoyon , Nicolas Bacri , Pascal Godart , Raphael Sanchez , Rémi Guillard , Alexandre Tharaud and Cédric Tiberghien .

In 1970, he founded the Orchester des Cadets d'Asnières , which he directed until 1999 and with which he gave almost one hundred concerts in Paris, throughout Europe and the USA. For several years he also led the Turkish National Orchestra in Istanbul. In addition, he worked as an organist at numerous churches in Paris and belonged since 1960 to the Union of Maîtres de Chapelle et Organistes . In 1999 he retired from teaching.

Manen composed about 140 works, including orchestral and chamber music, motets and other choral and vocal works and music education pieces. [1]

Works for Percussion

Histoires de chatsPercussion Duet; with Piano
PrismesMultiple Percussion
Promenades I - VTimpani
Promenades VI - XSnare Drum
Promenades XI - XVXylophone
Promenades XVI - XX – Multiple Percussion - Drumset
VenezianaPercussion Quartet