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Henri Dutilleux


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(1916 – 2013)

Henri Dutilleux (1916–2013) was one of the most important French composers of the second half of the 20th century, producing work in the tradition of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Albert Roussel, but in a style distinctly his own.

Born on the 22nd January 1916, as a young man Dutilleux studied harmony, counterpoint and piano with Victor Gallois at the Douai Conservatory before leaving for Paris. There from 1933 to 1938 he attended the classes of Jean and Noël Gallon (harmony and counterpoint), Henri-Paul Busser (composition) and Maurice Emmanuel (history of music) at the Paris Conservatoire.

Dutilleux won the Prix de Rome in 1938 for his cantata L’Anneau du Roi but did not complete the entire residency in Rome due to the outbreak of World War II. He worked for a year as a medical orderly in the army and then came back to Paris in 1940 where he worked as a pianist, arranger and music teacher and in 1942 conducted the choir of the Paris Opera.

Dutilleux worked as Head of Music Production for French Radio from 1943 to 1963. He served as Professor of Composition at the École Normale de Musique de Paris from 1961 to 1970. He was appointed to the staff of the Paris Conservatoire in 1970. His students include French composers Gérard Grisey and Francis Bayer and Canadian composer Jacques Hétu.

He died on the 22nd May 2013.


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  • j33433

    D'ombre et de silence on ECM

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Straybow

    Can't believe he isn't more popular. This music certainly isn't only for academicians, it's very accessible. I recommend complete orchestral works boxset by Chandos. Amazing discovery.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • trashcity_

    rip, maestro

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
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    23 May 2013 Reply
  • SabineWe

    RIP Henri. Je t'écoute... ♪✶♫ ♪✶♫ Dans la tradition de Ravel et Debussy mais aussi influencé par les musiques de Bartok et Stravinsky. Immense compositeur. Merci pour ces chefs d'œuvre laissés au catalogue et pour "Correspondances", ta dernière création de 2003 parue en janvier 2013 pour tes 97 ans.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • mahleria

    RIP, master.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • progtrance7

    what a wimp

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mahlered

    97 years old and still kicking. what a pimp

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • marcojpjb

    96 years old and still kicking. what a pimp

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Parisblues

    Il y a un large choix d'images sans avoir à faire de l'incitation au tabac. svp votez. / There's a large choice of pictures without doing tabacco incitation. please vote.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • marcojpjb

    Tout un monde lointain <3

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • rod32lop

    G? by genious?....

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • progtrance7

    he looks young

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Reevaluation

    His symphonies 1 & 2 are simply astonishing.

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • rm508

    Rapidly becoming one of my favourite composers.

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Diving into the non-symphony orchestral works. Really nifty stuff so far, and joyfully accessable.

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rm508

    Ainsi La Nuit is a really gorgeous string quartet.

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
  • pokechris

    i am playing the sonatine for flute and piano right now in my lessons. its by far the most technically difficult piece ive play to date, but i am enjoying it so very much!

    4 May 2008 Reply
  • Chriswildman

    good point , but I meant where the feeling is improvisational

    25 Dec 2007 Reply
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