Henri Dutilleux, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Henri Dutilleux

French composer

Date of Birth: 22-Jan-1916

Place of Birth: Angers, Pays de la Loire, France

Date of Death: 22-May-2013

Profession: composer, film score composer, musicologist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Henri Dutilleux

  • Henri Dutilleux (French: [?~?i dytijø]; 22 January 1916 – 22 May 2013) was a French composer active mainly in the second half of the 20th century.
  • His small body of published work, which garnered international acclaim, followed in the tradition of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Albert Roussel and Olivier Messiaen, but in an idiosyncratic style. Some of his notable compositions include a piano sonata, two symphonies, the cello concerto Tout un monde lointain...
  • (A whole distant world), the violin concerto L'arbre des songes (The tree of dreams), the string quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the night) and a sonatine for flute and piano.
  • Some of these are regarded as masterpieces of 20th-century classical music.
  • Works were commissioned from him by such major artists as Charles Munch, George Szell, Mstislav Rostropovich, the Juilliard String Quartet, Isaac Stern, Paul Sacher, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Simon Rattle, RenĂ©e Fleming and Seiji Ozawa. Writing in the New York Times, Paul Griffiths said: "Mr Dutilleux’s position in French music was proudly solitary.
  • Between Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez in age, he was little affected by either, though he took an interest in their work.
  • ...
  • But his voice, marked by sensuously handled harmony and color, was his own."Dutilleux was awarded several major prizes throughout his career, notably the Grand Prix de Rome (1938), International Music Council's International Rostrum of Composers (1955), the Grand-Croix de la LĂ©gion d'honneur (2004), the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (2005), the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society (2008) and the Marie-JosĂ©e Kravis Prize for New Music (2011). In addition to his activities as a composer, he worked as the Head of Music Production for Radio France for 18 years.
  • He also taught at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, at the Conservatoire National SupĂ©rieur de Musique and was twice composer in residence at the Tanglewood music centre in Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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