During the 1980s, Duguay devoted himself especially to composition, becoming one of the main representatives of New Age music in Quebec. Among his works are Sept for string quartet (1981), Kébec à la porte, an oratorio for two voices and eight instruments (1982), and Le Pyradôme, a multi-media show presented at the Cité de l'image de Montréal (1988). He also wrote the text of Golgot(h)a, a symphonic poem by Walter Boudreau which won the Grand Prix Paul-Gilson of the Communauté. des radios publiques de langue française in 1991. He produced two records with Michel Robidoux: Douceur (1985, Les Disques trente-trois T-3) and Nova (1989, Les Disques trente-trois MRCD-111). He also composed music for the treatment of persons suffering from autism and stress.
Exploiting all the sonorities of his remarkable voice, Duguay's shows were events where song, humour, classical and folk music, and counter-cultural influences combined to create vast happenings. Duguay's greatest success, of folk inspiration, was 'La Bittt à Tibi' which led to his performance, among other places, at the Palace de Paris and in Hamburg as part of a peace festival.. After one of his shows at the St-Denis Theatre, Montreal, Nathalie Petrowski wrote (Le Devoir 19 Dec 1977): 'His show exceeds the simple art of entertainment, exceeds the art of performance and becomes a true human happening, a meeting of hearts and minds'.
Author Christian Rioux, Pierre Rochon
Pedneault, Hélène. 'Song is best means of communicating for Raoul Duguay,' MSc, 287, Jan-Feb 1976
Radz, Matt. 'Raoul Duguay: creative anarchist,' Montreal Star, 18 Feb 1978
Beaulieu, Pierre. 'Duguay: j'écris dans les oreilles,' Montreal La Presse, 10 Jun 1978
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