Sunday, February 22, 2015

Death of the composer Gérard Calvi, former president of SACEM – The Obs

Paris (AFP) – French composer and conductor Gerard Calvi, who distinguished himself in the music of movies and music hall, died Friday in Paris, do we learned from Saturday the Society of Authors, Composers (SACEM), of which he was president.

Born in 1922, Gérard Calvi, whose real name is Elie Krettly Gregory, was a graduate of the National Higher Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the Grand Prix de Rome for musical composition in 1945.

“Despite his incredible journey, it was a clever composer, holder of the Prix de Rome. He had put his classical culture in the service of fancy, “said the composer and conductor Lawrence Petitgérard, president of SACEM.

Eclectic, M. Calvi had collaborated with the band of” Branquignols. ” He composed the song “The Prisoner of the Tower” to Edith Piaf and cartoons music as “Asterix” and films like “The Life” by Pierre Tchernia.

He also wrote an opera, “The Bald Soprano”, based on the play by Ionesco, created at the Montpellier Opera in 2009. He also created the musical “The Innocentines” on poems by René de Obaldia.

Very engaged in the service of copyright, he was President of the SACEM in the late 1970s to the late 1990s, alternating with Pierre Delanoë. He remained honorary president since.

The Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, welcomed an artist “committed to defending the rights of musicians.” “Composer, he knew how necessary it is to protect artists and their works,” she has said in a statement, noting that “our commitment is still relevant.”

Gérard Calvi had two son, journalist Yves Calvi, and Jean-François Krettly.


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