updated 2 March 2022
© Patricia Dietzi, ed. Durand

Martin Matalon

Argentine composer born 17 October 1958 in Buenos Aires.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, Martin Matalon studied at the Juilliard School in New York, graduating with a Master’s degree in composition. In 1986, he received the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1988 a Holtkamp AGO Award and numerous composition awards from ASCAP and BMI. In the Summers of 1987 and 1988, he attended classes with Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez at Centre Acanthes (then in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon). A Fulbright scholarship allowed him to undertake further study in France with Tristan Murail in 1988-89.

In 1989, he founded “Music Mobile,” an ensemble based in New York dedicated to contemporary repertoire. He served as the group’s director until 1996.

In 1993, Matalon settled in Paris. The composition of La Rosa profunda for an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre of works related to Jorge-Luis Borges marked the beginning of a long period of collaboration with IRCAM. The same institution subsequently commissioned him to compose a soundtrack for a newly-restored version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Following the completion of this large-scale piece, Matalon turned his attention to the work of Luis Buñuel, composing soundtracks for three surrealist films by the Spanish director: Las siete vidas de un gato in 1996 for Un Chien Andalou (1927), the orchestrated version of which became El torito catalan (2001); Le scorpion in 2001 for L’Âge d’or (1931); and Traces II (la cabra) (2005) for Land Without Bread (1932).

Two series of works make up a significant part of Matalon’s catalogue: Trames (started in 1997), a collection of pieces skirting the boundary between concertos and chamber music; and Traces, a set of works for solo instruments with real-time electronics, which represents a sort of “compositional diary” for the composer. Additionally, he has composed extensively for chamber ensemble, with notable works including Formas de arena for flute, viola, and harp, and Lineas de agua for cello octet.

In 2005, Matalon received both the J.S Guggenheim Foundation Award (New York) and the Institute of France/Academy of Fine Arts Prize. In 2001, he was awarded the City of Barcelona Prize for his score for Metropolis. Finally, in 1989, he received the “Opéra Autrement” Prize from Centre Acanthes for the commission and production of the chamber opera The Secret Miracle, based on Jorge-Luis Borges’ short story of the same name.

A number of Matalon’s works have been written specifically for young audiences, including the three musical tales La légende de M. Chance (2006), Tulles et les ombres (2007), and Har le Tailleur de Pierre (2008). He was awarded the “Prix des Lycéens” (a prize judged by high school students) in 2007.

During a residency at the Metz Arsenal in 2003-04, three of his symphonic works were recorded by the Orchestre National de Lorraine, conducted by Jacques Mercier, and subsequently released on CD in 2006 on the Universal label. He was in residence at Muse en Circuit from 2005 to 2010, during which Sillages Ensemble premiered the complete Traces cycle, a recording of which was released by Sismal Records in 2010. He was composer-in-residence at the Stavanger Festival (Norway) in 2011, and guest composer at the Les Arcs Festival in 2014.

He has taught composition at the Aubervilliers-La Courneuve Conservatory (in the northern suburbs of Paris) since 2010, and at the Lyon Conservatory (CNSM) since 2017. He has also served as a guest professor at McGill University (2004-08), IRCAM, Centre Acanthes, Domaine Forget with Nouvel Ensemble Modern (2009), and numerous other summer academies, including CompoLab, Injuve, and the Institut français-Barcelona.

His opera L’Ombre de Venceslao was nominated for the Victoires de la Musique (French Ministry of Culture Awards recognising outstanding achievements in the music industry) in 2017.


© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2018

Sources

  • site du compositeur ;
  • Pascal Ianco, livret des cds.

 

  • Solo (excluding voice)
    • Dos formas del tiempo for piano (2000), 10 mn, Eschig [program note]
    • elec Traces I for cello and electronics (2004), 15 mn, Billaudot
    • Short Stories for vibraphone (2005), 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces II La cabra , music for Las Hurdes ("Land without bread") by Luis Buñuel, for viola and electronics (2005), 40 mn, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Traces III for horn and electronic device (2006), 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Traces IV for marimba and electronics (2006), 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Traces V for clarinet and electronic device (2006), 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces VI for flute and electronic device (2006), 16 mn, Billaudot
    • God speed (2012)
    • elec Traces VIII for violin and electronics (2012), 14 mn
    • elec Traces IX for cello and delayed-time electronic device (2014), 8 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec Traces X for accordion and delayed-time electronic device (2014), 13 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec Traces XII for harp and delayed-time electronic device (2017), 12 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces XIII for piano and electronic device (2018), Billaudot
    • elec Traces XIV for guitar and electronic device in delayed time (2019), 18 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XV pour clarinette basse et dispositif électronique (2021), 13 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XVI pour vibraphone et dispositif électronique (2021), 13 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XVI pour vibraphone et dispositif électronique (2021), 13 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XVII pour marimba et dispositif électronique (2021), 16 mn about , Billaudot
  • Chamber music
    • La cifra for flute, cello, piano and percussion (1994), 13 mn, Eschig
    • ...del matiz al color... for eight cellos (1999), 12 mn, Eschig
    • Formas de arena for flute, harp and viola (2001), 13 mn, Billaudot
    • Les Caramba for six percussions (2001), 4 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Le scorpion music for the film L'Age d'or by Luis Buñuel, for six percussions, two piano and electronics (2002), 1 h 7 mn, Billaudot
    • Lineas de agua for eight cellos (2003), 12 mn, Billaudot
    • Prelude and blue trio for saxophone, percussion and double bass (2005), 15 mn, Billaudot
    • elec La Makina for two pianos, two percussions and electronics (2007), 25 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Har le Tailleur de Pierre musical tale, for three percussionists and electronics (2008), 50 mn, Inédit
    • Loop & épilogue for piano, accordion and cello (2014), 6 mn, Billaudot
    • Metal sobre Metal for horn and two trumpets (2015), 10 mn
    • 3 Interludes for accordion trio (2018), 7 mn about , Inédit
    • Intermezzo for accordion quartet (2018), 10 mn about , Billaudot
    • Lineas, puntos, planos for violin, cello and piano (2018), 14 mn about , Billaudot
    • Spin for 2 pianos and 2 percussions (2018), 17 mn about , Billaudot
    • Atomization, loop & freeze for three pianos and three percussions (2019), 22 mn about , Billaudot
    • La Rueda for violin, piano and electronic device (2019), 13 mn, Billaudot
    • dos nocturnos educational work for 2 flutes and 2 clarinets (2 students + 2 teachers) (2020), 4 mn, Lemoine
    • fanfare & blues pedagogical piece for trumpet and tenor trombone (2020), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • Paseo pièce pédagogique pour xylophone et vibraphone (2020), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • pendulo pièce pédagogique pour violon et violoncelle (2020), 2 mn, Billaudot
    • sombra pièce pédagogique pour basson et piano (2020), 2 mn, Billaudot
    • elec La Persecuta music for the film The Adventurer by Charlie Chaplin (2021), 25 mn, Billaudot
    • One Week musique pour le film One Week de Buster Keaton (2021), 21 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • Scarecrow musique pour le film Scarecrow de Buster Keaton (2021), 18 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • The Playhouse musique pour le film The Playhouse de Buster Keaton (2021), 23 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 1 pour piano 4 mains et électronique (stéréo) (2022), 4 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 2 pour flûte, percussion et électronique (stéréo) (2022), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 3 pièce pédagogique pour hautbois, clarinette en sib et électronique (stéréo) (2022), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 4 pièce pédagogique pour mandoline, harpe, guitare et électronique (stéréo) (2022), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 5 pièce pédagogique pour 2 percussionnistes et électronique (stéréo) (2022), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 6 pièce pédagogique pour accordéon, bandonéon et électronique (stéréo) (2022), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 7 pièce pédagogique pour violon, alto, violoncelle et électronique (stéréo) (2022), 3 mn, Billaudot
  • Instrumental ensemble music
  • Concert music
    • Trame I for oboe and five instrumentalists (1997), 13 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame II for harpsichord and six instrumentalists (1999), 18 mn, Eschig [program note]
    • Trame III concerto for cello and orchestra (2000), 23 mn, Eschig
    • Trame Ia for soprano saxophone and five instrumentalists (2001), 13 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame IV for piano and eleven instrumentalists (2001), 16 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame VI for viola and chamber orchestra (2004), 22 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame VII for horn and ensemble (2005), 21 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame IX concerto for oboe and orchestra (2008), 21 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame VIII for solo marimba and eight instruments (2008), 20 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame X for accordion and ensemble (2009), 17 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Del color a la materia for concerto piano, six percussionists and electronics (2010-2011), Billaudot
    • K/D/M Concerto for two percussionists, accordion and chamber orchestra (2010-2011), Billaudot
    • Trame XI for double bass solo and ensemble (2011), 14 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame XII for solo trumpet and string orchestra (2011), Billaudot
    • Trame XIII for soprano saxophone and orchestra (2015), 16 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Spinning lines pour 2 à 5 solistes et orchestre (2017), 28 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame XIV for clarinet and ensemble (2018), Billaudot
  • Vocal music and instrument(s)
    • stage Le Miracle Secret chamber opera, for five voices and ten instruments (1989), 45 mn, Ricordi
    • elec ircam La rosa profunda a musical journey on texts by Jorge Luis Borges, for narrator, ensemble and electronics (1992), 45 mn, Inédit
    • ircam Nocturnes radio opera for three solo instruments and three actors (2006), 30 mn, Inédit
    • elec stage La Rosa... for mezzo-soprano, narrator, accordion, instrumental ensemble and electronic device (2011), 1 h 5 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Formas in Pulvere for 5 female voices, percussion and real-time electronics (2012), 35 mn, Billaudot
    • elec stage Les Morts qui touchent sonic theater, for narrator, mezzo-soprano, ensemble and electronic device in deferred time (2013), 1 h 25 mn
    • elec La Carta for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, accordion, percussion and electronic device (2015), 16 mn, Billaudot
    • stage L’ombre de Venceslao opera in two acts (2016), 1 h 25 mn, Billaudot
  • A cappella vocal music
    • Tabula es for choir (2004), 8 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces VII for soprano and electronics (2008)
    • elec Dos Lineas for 5 female voices and delayed-time electronic device (2013), 8 mn, Billaudot
  • Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
    • elec ircam Le Tunnel sous l'Atlantique music for a televirtuality event between the Center Pompidou and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (1995), 40 mn, Inédit
  • 2022
    • elec Minitrace 1 pour piano 4 mains et électronique (stéréo), 4 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 2 pour flûte, percussion et électronique (stéréo), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 3 pièce pédagogique pour hautbois, clarinette en sib et électronique (stéréo), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 4 pièce pédagogique pour mandoline, harpe, guitare et électronique (stéréo), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 5 pièce pédagogique pour 2 percussionnistes et électronique (stéréo), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 6 pièce pédagogique pour accordéon, bandonéon et électronique (stéréo), 3 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Minitrace 7 pièce pédagogique pour violon, alto, violoncelle et électronique (stéréo), 3 mn, Billaudot
  • 2021
    • elec La Persecuta music for the film The Adventurer by Charlie Chaplin, 25 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Metropolis Rebooted musique pour le film Metropolis de Fritz Lang en version restaurée, 2 h 20 mn, Durand
    • One Week musique pour le film One Week de Buster Keaton, 21 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • Scarecrow musique pour le film Scarecrow de Buster Keaton, 18 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • The Playhouse musique pour le film The Playhouse de Buster Keaton, 23 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec Traces XV pour clarinette basse et dispositif électronique, 13 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XVI pour vibraphone et dispositif électronique, 13 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XVI pour vibraphone et dispositif électronique, 13 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XVII pour marimba et dispositif électronique, 16 mn about , Billaudot
  • 2020
    • Paseo pièce pédagogique pour xylophone et vibraphone, 3 mn, Billaudot
    • Wenceslao Orchestral suite pour orchestre, 15 mn, Billaudot
    • dos nocturnos educational work for 2 flutes and 2 clarinets (2 students + 2 teachers), 4 mn, Lemoine
    • fanfare & blues pedagogical piece for trumpet and tenor trombone, 3 mn, Billaudot
    • pendulo pièce pédagogique pour violon et violoncelle, 2 mn, Billaudot
    • sombra pièce pédagogique pour basson et piano, 2 mn, Billaudot
  • 2019
    • Atomization, loop & freeze for three pianos and three percussions, 22 mn about , Billaudot
    • La Rueda for violin, piano and electronic device, 13 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces XIV for guitar and electronic device in delayed time, 18 mn about , Billaudot
  • 2018
    • 3 Interludes for accordion trio, 7 mn about , Inédit
    • Intermezzo for accordion quartet, 10 mn about , Billaudot
    • Lineas, puntos, planos for violin, cello and piano, 14 mn about , Billaudot
    • Rugged for orchestra, 10 mn, Billaudot
    • Spin for 2 pianos and 2 percussions, 17 mn about , Billaudot
    • elec Traces XIII for piano and electronic device, Billaudot
    • Trame XIV for clarinet and ensemble, Billaudot
  • 2017
    • elec Spinning lines pour 2 à 5 solistes et orchestre, 28 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces XII for harp and delayed-time electronic device, 12 mn, Billaudot
  • 2016
  • 2015
    • elec Foxtrot Délirium film soundtrack, for twelve instruments and electronic device, 58 mn, Billaudot
    • elec La Carta for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, accordion, percussion and electronic device, 16 mn, Billaudot
    • Metal sobre Metal for horn and two trumpets, 10 mn
    • Trame XIII for soprano saxophone and orchestra, 16 mn, Billaudot
  • 2014
    • Loop & épilogue for piano, accordion and cello, 6 mn, Billaudot
    • Spirals, loops, lines for ensemble of fifteen instruments, 20 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces IX for cello and delayed-time electronic device, 8 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • elec Traces X for accordion and delayed-time electronic device, 13 mn 30 s, Billaudot
  • 2013
    • elec De polvo y piedra for ensemble and electronics, 20 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Dos Lineas for 5 female voices and delayed-time electronic device, 8 mn, Billaudot
    • elec stage Les Morts qui touchent sonic theater, for narrator, mezzo-soprano, ensemble and electronic device in deferred time, 1 h 25 mn
    • elec stage Trois pommes d’or tale for seven instrumentalists and electronic device, 55 mn
  • 2012
  • 2011
    • elec Del color a la materia for concerto piano, six percussionists and electronics, Billaudot
    • K/D/M Concerto for two percussionists, accordion and chamber orchestra, Billaudot
    • elec stage La Rosa... for mezzo-soprano, narrator, accordion, instrumental ensemble and electronic device, 1 h 5 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame XI for double bass solo and ensemble, 14 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame XII for solo trumpet and string orchestra, Billaudot
  • 2010
  • 2009
    • Trame X for accordion and ensemble, 17 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Tunneling for ensemble and electronics, 18 mn 30 s
  • 2008
    • elec Har le Tailleur de Pierre musical tale, for three percussionists and electronics, 50 mn, Inédit
    • elec Traces VII for soprano and electronics
    • Trame IX concerto for oboe and orchestra, 21 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame VIII for solo marimba and eight instruments, 20 mn, Billaudot
  • 2007
  • 2006
    • La légende de M. Chance musical tale, for orchestra, 40 mn, Billaudot
    • ircam Nocturnes radio opera for three solo instruments and three actors, 30 mn, Inédit
    • elec ircam Traces III for horn and electronic device, 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Traces IV for marimba and electronics, 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Traces V for clarinet and electronic device, 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces VI for flute and electronic device, 16 mn, Billaudot
  • 2005
    • Prelude and blue trio for saxophone, percussion and double bass, 15 mn, Billaudot
    • Short Stories for vibraphone, 10 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces II La cabra , music for Las Hurdes ("Land without bread") by Luis Buñuel, for viola and electronics, 40 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame VII for horn and ensemble, 21 mn, Billaudot
  • 2004
    • Tabula es for choir, 8 mn, Billaudot
    • elec Traces I for cello and electronics, 15 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame VI for viola and chamber orchestra, 22 mn, Billaudot
  • 2003
    • Lineas de agua for eight cellos, 12 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame V concerto for trumpet and orchestra, 23 mn, Billaudot
  • 2002
    • El torito catalan for orchestra, 17 mn, Billaudot
    • elec ircam Le scorpion music for the film L'Age d'or by Luis Buñuel, for six percussions, two piano and electronics, 1 h 7 mn, Billaudot
  • 2001
    • Formas de arena for flute, harp and viola, 13 mn, Billaudot
    • Les Caramba for six percussions, 4 mn 30 s, Billaudot
    • Otras ficciones for winds, percussions, two pianos, two harps and double basses, 27 mn, Eschig
    • Trame IV for piano and eleven instrumentalists, 16 mn, Billaudot
    • Trame Ia for soprano saxophone and five instrumentalists, 13 mn, Billaudot
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1997
    • elec ircam stage Rugged lines ballet for nine instruments and electronics, 50 mn, Eschig
    • Trame I for oboe and five instrumentalists, 13 mn, Billaudot
  • 1996
  • 1995
    • elec ircam Le Tunnel sous l'Atlantique music for a televirtuality event between the Center Pompidou and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, 40 mn, Inédit
    • elec ircam Metropolis music for the film by Fritz Lang, for ensemble and electronics, 2 h 20 mn, Eschig [program note]
  • 1994
    • La cifra for flute, cello, piano and percussion, 13 mn, Eschig
  • 1993
  • 1992
    • elec ircam La rosa profunda a musical journey on texts by Jorge Luis Borges, for narrator, ensemble and electronics, 45 mn, Inédit
  • 1991
  • 1989
    • stage Le Miracle Secret chamber opera, for five voices and ten instruments, 45 mn, Ricordi

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(liens vérifiés en mars 2022).

Discographie

  • Martin MATALON, … del color alla materia … ; La Makina, Ensemble Batida, 1 cd VDE-Gallo, 2017, cd-1496.
  • Martin MATALON, Trame IV ; Trame VII ; Trame I ; Trame VIII, Ensemble Mesostics, dans « Tramages » avec des œuvres de Philippe Hurel et Bernard Cavanna, 1 cd Hortus, 2014.
  • Martin MATALON, Trame II ; Trame IV ; Trame VIII, Maude Gratton, clavecin ; Florence Cioccolani, piano ; Eriko Minami, marimba ;**Ensemble Les Siècles ; François-Xavier Roth, direction, 1 cd Musicales Actes Sud, 2011.
  • Martin MATALON, *« Traces *»:Traces IIpour alto ;Traces VI, pour flûte ;*Traces IV,*pour marimba ;*Traces V,*pour clarinette ;Traces III, pour cor ;Traces VII, pour soprano, ensemble Sillages : Gilles Deliège, Sophie Deshayes, Eve Payeur, Pierre Dutrieu, Pierre Remondière, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, direction artistique : Philippe Arrii Blaschette et Martin Matalon, 1 cd Sismal Records, 2010.
  • Martin MATALON, Metropolis, musique pour le film de Frizt Lang, réédition Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Ernest Martinez-Izquierdo : direction, enrégistrement public au théâtre du Châtelet les 30 et 31 mai 1995, 1 cd Ircam-Centre Pompidou, deuxième édition : 2006.
  • Martin MATALON, Trames III et V ; Torito Catalan, œuvres pour orchestre, Marc Coppey, violoncelle, Eric Aubier, trompette, orchestre national de Lorraine, direction : Jacques Mercier, enregistré en septembre 2004 à l’Arsenal de Metz, 1 cd Accord-Una Corda, MFA, 2006.
  • Martin MATALON, Le Scorpion, musique pour le film de Luis Buñuel, Percussions de Strasbourg, technique Ircam (Spat), 1 sacd Accord-Una Corda-MFA, 2004, 476 1280.
  • Martin MATALON, De tiempo y de arena, comprenant aussi Monedas de hierro, ensemble court-circuit, direction : Pierre André Valade, …del matiz al color…, L’Octuor de violoncelles de Beauvais ; Dos formas del tiempo, pour piano, Dimitri Vassilakis, piano ; Formas de arena, Trio Nobis ; Las siete vidas de un gato, Ensemble Ictus, direction : Georges Élie Octors,  1 cd Accord-Una Corda, 2003, 476 070-2.
  • Martin MATALON, La rosa profunda, parcours musical, sur des textes de Luis Borges, Rodolfo de Suza, récitant, Martin Matalon, direction, 1 cd Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 1992, CD0003.