Initially a self-taught composer, in about 1965 Brégent began work on the first organ section of a vast four-part biblical fresco entitled Les Testaments. His CBC-commissioned radio work Atlantide won the network a first special distinction of the Prix Italia 1985. In 1987, Trad-sens-concertio was first performed in an abridged version by Louis-Philippe Pelletier and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, which had commissioned the work. That same year Brégent was named composer-in-residence at the Canadian Opera Company, which premiered his chamber opera Réalitillusion in 1988. On 26 May 1994, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec dedicated a concert to him at the Salle Pierre Mercure. He was a member of the Canadian League of Composers and an associate of the Canadian Music Centre. He was married to the pianist Christina Petrowska.
According to Harry Halbreich, renowned Belgian musicographer, Brégent was "the visionary mystic whose keen intelligence confidently storms the wildest utopias...a man of complex structures, of instrumental virtuosity serving a fertile and dazzling expression" (Le Monde de la musique, October 1984).
Hommage à Michel-Georges Brégent. 1995. Ensemble SMCQ. Analekta ANC 20902
Brégent - Messaien - Boulez - Saint-Marcoux. Gems with an Edge. C. Petrowska-Quilico piano. 2003. Welspringe WEL 0007
16 Portraits: Music of Michel-Georges Brégent. C. Petrowska-Quilico piano. 2005. Centrediscs CMCCD 10805
Dionne - Brégent. 2006. Independent. XXI 21548
Grandeur. 2006. Independent OMBU 1003
Atlantide. 1985. 6 voices, 41 perf, computer, tape. MS.
Réalitillusion (Brégent). 1988. 2 sopranos, mezzo, tenor, 2 bar, 5 perf. MS.
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Concierto-flamenco. 1988. Guitar, orch. MS.
Les Testaments. 1987-90. Org, chor, orch. MS.
Contes pour enfants. 1978. Harmonica, guitar. MS.
Dilmun eden: quatre règnes dans l'évolution terrestre. 1981 (rev 1985). Flute, oboe, harp, percussion, violin, viola, double-bass. MS.
Sur mesures. 1977-81. Violin, guitar. MS.
Mitzvot en vue de l'omniprésence divine. 1982. 3 saxophone quartets (saxophone quartet, tape). MS.
La Remontée d'Adanac O, le salmo salar. 1982. Small orch. MS.
Breathing. 1984. 2 accordion (accordion, tape). MS.
Melorythmharmundi. 1984. Flute, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, piano, violoncello, guitar. MS.
Variations parallèles. 1984. Ondes Martenot, piano. MS.
Popsi marcia "Densi-dimensio." 1987. 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 2 tubas, 4 percussion. MS.
Les Testaments. 1966. Organ. MS.
Paysage. 1967 (rev 1986). Pianoforte. MS.
Liage 5. 1968 (rev 1981). Organ for 4 hands. MS.
Geste. 1970. Pianoforte. MS. RCI 409 (Petrowska).
Zeitstreben. 1971. Organ. MS.
Portraits. 1966-88. Pianoforte. MS.
Choir or Voice
Sapho, trois poèmes d'amour (Sapho). 1979. Soprano, flute, guitar. MS. RCI 497 (P. Vaillancourt).
Ritornella, la roue cosmique. 1980. 19 soloists, SATB. MS.
Henri Mutsaers libratina (Brégent). 1983. Soprano, horn, violin, viola. MS.
Swiato: un pas vers la lumière. "In memoriam Claude Vivier," (Plato, C. Vivier). 1984. Optional speaker, bass, soprano, mezzo, small orch. MS.
L'Heureux, Christine. "Brégent seeks to broaden consciousness through music," Music Scene, 301, May-Jun 1978
PRO Canada Ltd. "Michel-Georges Brégent," pamphlet 1984
Bougouin, François. "Un adieu à Michel-Georges Brégent," SOCAN, Nov 1993
Author Annick Poussart, Claire Rhéaume, Gilles M. Leclerc
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