A French composer born in 1944 in Neuilly-sur-seine.
From a very early age Patrick Marcland practised jazz while studying the guitar along with harmony and counterpoint at the École Normale in Paris. While composing for the theatre and the cinema he followed the classes of composition and analysis of Max Deutsch and Yves-Marie Pasquet, then of Claude Ballif at the Paris Conservatory. Influenced initially by serialism (Mètres, 1972), he rapidly distanced himself from it by forging an original system of writing that, notably, associated modality and tonal polarity (Versets, 1979). His music, for various instrumental groupings (De Temps en Temps, 1996; Eclipsis, 2003), vocal formations (Maldoror, 1997), with or without electronics, for media only (Le Roc-aux-Sorciers, 2008), incorporates a live approach as illustrated by his collaboration with choreographers such as Nadine Hernu (Étude, 1995), Susan Buirge (Le jour d’avant, 1999), Laurence Marthouret (Monade, 2008). A composer in residence notably at Metz (1995-1996) and Rheims (2005), he has been managing director of the music publisher Éditions Transatlantiques since the early 1970s.