CBC Radio, The Sunday Edition: The tragic real-life story of Quebec composer Claude Vivier is mirrored in his music

“The world renowned Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan once said that, as a young singer, she was transported and changed by the “unique soundworld” of the Quebec composer, Claude Vivier.

He has been described as the most important Canadian composer in the second half of the twentieth century.

From the early 1970s until the early 80s, Vivier’s compositions were unlike anything a Canadian had ever produced — and the international community loved them.

And yet, he remained largely unknown at home.”

Listen to the full documentary here.