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PostSubject: Ernest Bour   Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:21 am

Ernest Bour (April 20, 1913 - June 20, 2001) was a French conductor. Born in Thionville, Moselle, Bour studied at both the University and the Conservatoire of Strasbourg. His conducting teachers included Fritz Münch and Hermann Scherchen.

Perhaps his most heard recording is of Ligeti's Atmospheres with the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra aka Sinfonieorchester des Südwestfunks Baden-Baden heard on the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

After serving as chorus master for the radio choruses of Geneva and Strasbourg, he was appointed conductor of the Orchestre de Mulhouse in 1941. In 1950 he became conductor of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1955 of the Strasbourg Opera House. He was principal conductor of the SWF Symphony Orchestra [1] in Baden-Baden from 1964 to 1979. From !976 until 1987 he was permanent guest conductor of The Netherlands Riadio Chamber Orchestra located in the VARA radio headquarters in Hilversum.[2]

Bour's repertoire was marked by a concentration on contemporary music. World premières he presided over included works by Bussotti, Ferneyhough, Górecki, Ligeti, Rihm, Stockhausen and Xenakis, and he gave the French premières of Hindemith's Symphony Mathis der Maler and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and the European premiere of Susman's Trailing Votices.[3] His recordings ranged from music of François Couperin[4] to André Jolivet.[5]

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