Pierrette Mari

(born in Nice, France), composer, musicologist. She studied music at the Conservatoire de Nice (1943-1946), and was awarded four prizes (piano, music theory, music history, harmony). She won first prize in counterpoint in 1953, and a first prize for fugue in the following year, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, in classes of Noël Gallon, Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen. In 1956, she received a scholarship from Austria to attend the conference in Salzburg "Music and Theatre". Critic for newspapers and music magazines, she has written several biographies: Olivier Messiaen, Béla Bartók and Henri Dutilleux. Since 1977, she was a lecturer at the University Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV.
Selected works: Dans l'espace figé, melody on a poem by Andrée Brunin, 2012; Hommage à Jacques Toja, for orchestra, 2003; Escalades sur un piano, five pieces dedicated to Maurice Herzog; Dialogue avec Louise Labé, for voice and string, 1979; Les Travaux d'Hercule, 1973; Concerto pour guitare, 1971; Trois Mouvements pour cordes;  Le Sous-Préfet aux champs, 1956; Divertissement pour flûte et orchestre, 1954; Psaumes, for narrator and orchestra, 1954.
Writings: Henri Dutilleux, Ed. Hachette; 1974 Béla Bartók, Ed. Hachette; 1970 Olivier Messiaen, Ed. Seghers, 1965
Awards: 1961: First prize in the French melody, Union Nationale des Arts; 1946: Prize of the City of Nice