Pierre Mercure (21 February 1927, Montreal – 29 January 1966, Avallon, France) was a Canadian composer, TV producer, bassoonist, and administrator.
As s student at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Mercure earned honors including Premier prix Harmony, Counterpoint, and Deuxième prix bassoon in 1949. His primary composition teacher was Claude Champagne. He also studied composition briefly with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Luigi Dallapiccola at Tanglewood.
Mercure began his composing career in the world of ballet, composing four ballets in a short period in 1948 and 1950, and going on to compose orchestral, chamber and electronic music as well. He sought to help the Canadian new music community progress to the level of their counterparts in European and American classical music, taking many trips to France to immerse himself in new music there. He died in an accident near Avallon, France, aged 39.
Works for Winds
- Pantomime (1948/1971)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Pierre Mercure." Accessed 25 October 2016
- Pierre Mercure, Wikipedia Accessed 25 October 2016