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Centre Elan

Centre Elan


One of the focuses for Expo 67 in Montreal was culture in its many forms and music played an important role at each of the international pavilions. Many pavilions used films and prepared tape music to tell their unique stories. As a result, over a million visitors experienced Canadian electronic and film music. Many experienced electronic music for the first time and were able to appreciate these foreign sounds within the context of the larger exhibits. It can be said that "electronic music as the new functional art medium received wide exposure through Expo 67."

Gilles Tremblay's electroacoustic work Centre Elan was the music featured in Quebec's pavilion at Expo 67. The pavilion's exhibits focused on urbanization, industrialization, business and education in the province while also presenting natural resources, particularly forestry and water as growth industries. It was this relationship between modern man and his environment that informed Tremblay's soundscape, which featured recordings of sounds collected from across the province. This work, which is one of the composer very few electronic pieces, earned him the 1968 Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée.


Gilles Tremblay was born in Arvida, Québec in 1932 and he now resides in Montréal. Tremblay is a composer, pianist, ondes Martenot player and teacher. As professor of analysis and composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal from 1961-1998 he helped to educate a generation of composers. Tremblay studied analysis with Messiaen in Paris, receiving his first prize in 1957. He then spent a summer in Darmstadt, and later worked with the Groupe de recherches musicales de l'ORTF. During these years he met numerous composers, including Boulez, Stockhausen, Boucourechliev, Ferrari and Xenakis.

Gilles Tremblay has won many prizes, including the Calixa Lavallée Prize (1968) and the Denise Pelletier Prize (1991). He has received numerous commissions, and has seen his music played throughout the world. He was made an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (1991), and was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture (1993).


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