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Sébastien Letocart - composer/organ player

contact: tracotel_seba@hotmail.com

My Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Tracotel

Born in Verviers the 26th of January 1975, a graduate from the Royal Conservatory of Liège in Belgium (1st prize organ, 1st prize harmony, 1st prize history of music, 1st prize musical analysis) ; Sébastien Letocart is a self-taught composer, who has built his musical equally by studying ancient music (i.e. Josquin Desprez, William Byrd, Tomas Luis Vitoria, Roland de Lassus, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Claudio Monteverdi, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach), practicing it (organ, harpsichord and singing) as well as analysing the great scores of the Classical Symphony (Haydn, Mozart), the Romantic (Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Dvořák, Bruckner), the Post-romantic (Debussy, Roussel, R.Strauss, Mahler, Sibelius, Nielsen) and the symphonic repertoire of the first half of the 20th century (Bartók, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Bax, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton, Honegger, Martinu, Varèse). He is also highly interrested in the music of the last sixty years, his preferences are going from György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis or Esa-Pekka Salonen to Einar Englund, Aulis Sallinen, Emil Tabakov, Kalevi Aho, Vagn Holmboe, John Adams, Sir Malcolm Arnold or Sir Andrzej Panufnik. He is also greatly attracted by chamber music, especially by the refined writing that the string quartet demands and by Béla Bartók's six String Quartets which are the nec plus ultra of the genre.

In 2007 -2008 S. Letocart realized a new completion of the Finale to Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony mixing a thorough study of the different extant up-to-date sources and musicologico-philological hypothesis, a reconstruction of the missing gaps in the exposition-development-recapitulation as well as music especially composed by S. Letocart rigorously and modelled on Bruckner's own orchestral and contrapuntal practices, particularly in the Finale's conclusion (coda). The first recording of this new completion of Bruckner's Finale was made in October 2008 with the MAV Symphonic Orchestra, Budapest under the conducting of Nicolas Couton

Here is a short essay and analysis of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B flat major

Sébastien Letocart is also working on the orchestration of both books of Images for piano of Claude Debussy + L'Isle Joyeuse, using more or less the same orchestra as the one used for "La Mer".

Works:

- Sinfonia n°1 for string orchestra (2001) / (Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra - Nicolas Couton, direction - 12/10/2009)

- Sinfonia n°2 for string orchestra (2020)

- Humoresque for large orchestra (2000)

- Scherzo fugato for large orchestra (2002/2003, rev. 2005)

- "Swinging Toccata Overture" for large orchestra (2006 - rev 2011)

- A symphony "Crucem Sanctam" (project)

- A Prelude, fuge and Passacaille for orchestra (project)

- Ricercar for solo violin and orchestra (2004)

- Fantasia for solo piano (2018)

- 5/4 fugue for piano (2015)

- String quartet (2006)

- Prelude and Fugue in G for organ (2001)

- Metamorphoses for symphonic organ (2002, rev. 2005 and 2011)

- Toccata and fugue in g minor for organ (2019)

- Fugue in d minor in french baroque style (2018)

- Works for harpsichord

- Sonate for flute and harpsichord (2017)

- Two "Missa brevis". Missa brevis 1 (1998) - Missa brevis 2 (2014)

- Two motets (2014)

- Mass in D for a large a capella choir (2002-rev.2005 / 2013-2014)

- Te Deum - Anton Bruckner memoriam - for 4 soloists, choir and orchestra (project)