Jean Rivier was a well-known French composer, pedagogue, and pioneer in the field of music. He wrote in a distinctly individual form that straddled the two poles of the Second Viennese School's twelve-tone poetry and his French contemporaries' Impressionism. Rivier aimed to compose music in a style that stressed precision, polytonality, satire, and economy of means throughout his career. He opposes harsh, unresolved dissonances and prolonged innovations or recapitulations, despite using twentieth-century harmonic methods. Two concertos using the trumpet are among Rivier's compositions.
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