(; born December 30, 1945, Amiens
, France) is a musical semiologist or semiotician
and professor of musicology
at the Université de Montréal
. He studied semiology
with Georges Mounin
and Jean Molino
and music semiology
(doctoral) with Nicolas Ruwet
He is a noted specialist on the writings of the composer
and conductor Pierre Boulez
In 1990, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada
. In 2001, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec
1988, Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association
1989, Prix André-Laurendeau pour les sciences humaines from the Association canadienne française pour l'avancement des sciences
1990, Molson Prize from the Canada Council
1994, prix Léon-Gérin pour les sciences sociales du Gouvernement du Québec
1996, Fumio Koizumi Prize for Ethnomusicology, Tokyo, Japan
2004, the Killam Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts
In 2011, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the development of musicology as a researcher, professor and specialist of music semiotics".
Proust as Musician. Translated by Derrick Puffett. Cambridge, 1989.
Music and Discourse: Toward a Semiology of Music (Musicologie générale et sémiologue, 1987). Translated by Carolyn Abbate (1990). .
Wagner Androgyne; A Study in Interpretation. Translated by Stewart Spencer. Princeton University Press, 1993. (pbk.).