About author : RIVOLTA Dominique

RIVOLTA Dominique

Dominique A. Rivolta was born in Paris in 1948, a pharmacist by profession, is a self-taught French composer. Through Richard Wagner’s music he became a passionate music lover at the age of five. The organ playing of Marcel Dupré in the St-Sulpice inspired his love for this instrument at the age of twelve. When Rivolta was thirteen, Olivier Messiaen, who played the mass in Trinité every Sunday, stimulated his vivid interest for the keys, especially the ones which are based on limited transpositions. Their strange and mysterious charm would keep fascinating him all his life.

In 1992, after he had fully mastered the musical structures, helped by the good advice Raphaël Tambyeff gave him, Rivolta started studying music theory, from the period of medieval polyphony until the avant-gardism of the third millennium. Encouraged in particular by Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Marcel Bitsch, Jacques Castérède, Henri Dutilleux, Michel Fischer, Naji Hakim, Jean-Paul Imbert, Didier Matry, Laurent Petitgirard and Daniel Roth, he dedicated himself to composing and theoretical musical science from 1995.

In the fields, he devised a method of composition of musical transmutations and further developed the theory of notes added to chords and arpeggios.

In 1998 his theory about the origin of all scales with limited transpositions was edited by Bernard Desgraupes in the 25th edition of “INTEMPOREL”, magazine of the Société Nationale de Musique. As from 1999, some international concert artists as, for example Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, (who played, for the first time, in recitals at the great organ of St Sulpice in Paris several of his works), Jean-Paul Imbert, Éric Lebrun, Didier Matry, Raphaël Tambyeff, Vincent Warnier... have been interpreting his organ music apparently repetitive and also structurally meditative in style.

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