Étienne Roda-Gil

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Étienne Roda-Gil (1 August 1941 in Septfonds, Tarn-et-Garonne, France – 31 May 2004 in Paris) was a songwriter and screenwriter.



Roda-Gil was the son of a Spanish republican from Catalonia who had come as a refugee to France. After university studies, he met singer Julien Clerc in a café in Paris's Latin Quarter in 1968, and began a fruitful collaboration which was broken off in 1980. Clerc and Roda-Gil did, however, collaborate on the album Utile in 1992, which won the prix Vincent-Scotto.

In 1979, he collaborated with Gérard Lenorman on the album Boulevard de l'océan. Johnny Hallyday, Claude François, Juliette Gréco, Barbara and Louis Bertignac are other singers who have interpreted his songs.

Roda-Gil's book La Porte marine was published through Éditions du Seuil and his adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot for director Andrzej Żuławski became the 1985 film L'amour braque . In 1983 he collaborated with singer and songwriter Riccardo Cocciante to the lyrics of his album Sincerità (tr.: Sincerity). [ citation needed ]

He approached Roger Waters in 1987 to set his libretto (co-written by his wife), Ça Ira , to music. Despite the initial version having been completed and recorded by the end of 1988 and receiving an endorsement from then-French president François Mitterrand, the opera did not receive a performance until 2005, after Roda-Gil's death. [ citation needed ]

In 1989, he received the grand prix of songwriting from Sacem (La Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique).


Roda-Gil was married to painter Nadine Delahaye until her death in 1990. [ citation needed ]

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