May 22, 2013

The french composer Henri Dutilleux dies aged 97

Henri Dutilleux, one of the most famous contemporary composers, died today in Paris.

Born in 1916, he always drew his own path in composition, remaining independent from modern genres and codes.

Humble, discreet, attentive, he played an immense role in musical life, opening the path to new horizons in contemporary composition.

Many of his masterpieces were highly acclaimed by the public when created, and became internationally renowned. L’Arbre des Songes, Le Temps l’Horloge, Tout un Monde Lointain, Sur le Même Accord, and his two Symphonies are a few examples of these.

There are several releases dedicated to him.

Orchestral, Piano and Chamber works, a  5 CD box set 
(Aug 2012)
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Tout un monde lointain, l'Arbre des Songes, 3 Strophes sur le Nom de Sacher 
(May 2002)
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His Cello concerto with Mstislav Rostropovitch, in
Dutilleux & Lutoslawski : Cello Concertos
(Sept 2002)
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