By combining recording tapes and instruments in Nucléogame (1955) and by using the aleatory technique in his Trois Pièces for string quartet (1958), Garant introduced 2 innovative procedures into Canadian music. However, it was Anerca, premiered in 1961 by Mauricio Kagel, that gained him recognition as a leading Canadian musician.
Garant worked for CBC Radio as an arranger, accompanist, conductor and critic. He was also musical director of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, copresident of the national committee of the Société internationale pour la musique contemporaine and a professor at U de M. He was awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal (1971), the Harold Moon trophy from the Performing Rights Organization of Canada Ltd (1978), the 1979 Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée, and the Canada Council prize for music (1984). He was made a Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1986.
Author HÉLÈNE PLOUFFE
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