Death of a leading Belgian composer

January 6, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The composer and oratorio singer Tristan Clais has died at the age of 87.

A student of Igor Markevitch, he was fascinated by surrealism and explored affinities with graphics and collages.

He was also a prominent broadcaster.

Comments (4)

  1. Luk Vaes says:

    “Leading”? I am Belgian, have been active in the new music scene for 35 years and never heard of this name.

    1. Arto says:

      I had the same thoughts.

  2. Peter says:

    Clais was indeed well known as a broadcaster for RTBF – if I’m not mistaken. He was a composer – albeit a really “unusual” one.
    Check out his website :

    1. John Borstlap says:

      He seems to have been a visual artist rather than a composer, when you see the score samples on his website.

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