From 1963 to 1974

  • 1963

    First performance at the Opéra of Marseille, of the Suite transocéane, a ballet with choreography by Joseph Lazzini, sets and costumes by René Allio.
    First visit to Israel on the occasion of the Congress of the ISCM (International Society for contemporary music) ; this visit was the inspiration for the Suite rhapsodique for violin solo written on his return to France.

  • 1964

    During his stay in the United States he has several meetings with Varèse.

    First performance of the Troisième Symphonie, commissioned by the Mexican government, in Mexico City, conducted by the composer as part of the Festival of contemporary music.

    July, first performance at the Festival of Baux-de-Provence, of a ballet Incantations based on the Cinq incantations for flute solo, libretto and choreography by Françoise et Dominique Dupuy.

    Second performance of Incantations at the Dance Festival in Cintra (Portugal).

  • 1965

    March, first performance at the Opéra Comique in Paris, of Ariadne, a ballet with choreography by Alvin Ailey, libretto by Pierre-Alain Jolivet, costumes by Theoni V Alredge, sets by Mong Cho Lee.

    April 9th, first performance at the O.R.T.F, of the Cœur de la Matière, cantata for solists, mixed chorus and orchestra, texts by Teilhard de Chardin.

    Promoted Honorary President of the Syndicat National des Artistes musiciens, branch of the Fédération Nationale du Spectacle, to which he had been admitted in 1946.

    Death of Edgar Varèse : in homage, Jolivet composes Cérémonial, first performed at the Festival of Lucerne (Switzerland) by the “Percussionnistes of Strasbourg” in 1969.

  • 1966

    Installed as Professeur de composition at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMD) where he replaces Darius Milhaud and Jean Rivier, a position he occupies until 1971.

    Second visit to USSR : concerts dedicated to the work of Jolivet in Moscow, Leningrad (now St-Petersbourg), Kiev,… lectures, recordings, TV programms,…

  • 1967

    First performance of the second Concerto pour violoncelle by Mstislav Rostropovitch conducted by the composer.

    Visit to Lebanon at the invitation of the “Jeunesses musicales de Beyrouth” ; second visit to Israel. Notably he visits the East Bank of Jerusalem on the eve of the Six Day War.

    From 1968 to 1974, he participates in several biennales of French music in USSR.

  • 1968

    Revisites Austria. He visits Beethoven’s tomb in the Central Cemetary of Vienna.

    May 13th, as President of the “Syndicat national des musiciens” he participates in the demonstration from place de la République to place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris.

  • 1969

    First performance of Mandala for organ in Zwolle (Holland) and in Bordeaux by Jean Guillou.

  • 1970

    Revisits Japan.

    First performance of Patchinko for two pianos, the title of which is inspired by the Japanese gambling game.

  • 1971

    First performance of Songe à nouveau rêvé for soprano and orchestra, texts by Antoine Goléa.

    He composes Arioso barocco for trumpet and organ, which is recorded by Maurice André in Munich (Germany) before the first public performance.

  • 1972

    Composes the Concerto for violin. Its most frequent interpreter Devy Erlih has said : « I feel it as a kind of hypnotic ceremony at which the violin is the main officiant. The orchestra and the violin maintain a permanent tension creating the forces which Jolivet believed had the capacity to lead the witness into a trance like state ».

    First performance of Heptade, at the “Théâtre de la Ville” in Paris by Francis Hardy and Francis Dupin.

  • 1973

    Commissioned work on an opera by Rolf Liebermann for the “Opéra de Paris” : Bogomilé, taken from Le lieutenant perdu by Marcel Schneider.

    First performance in Berne (Switzerland) of La Flèche du temps, commissioned by Théo Hug.

  • 1974

    First performance in Lille of Yin-Yang by the Ensemble Jean-Pierre Wallez, composed for his 40th wedding anniversary.

    André Jolivet dies in Paris on the December 20th.