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Henri Dutilleux

Publisher: Alphonse Leduc

The influence of Dutilleux's music on the 20th and 21st centuries isn't to be measured in how his work revolutionised the languages of musical possibility, or even in the roster of his pupils (who include Gérard Grisey). Instead, his music is a realisation of a complete world, independent of concerns for cutting-edge contemporaneity, and one that becomes more essential the more you hear it, above all for how he transforms his astonishing compositional refinement into real emotional immediacy - Tom Service, The Guardian, 21/01/2013

[Dutilleux] achieved a wholly individual synthesis of ear-catching colours and harmonies with formal rigour. In a musical world where many loudly proclaim their independence, he was a true but discreet indépendant - Roger Nichols, The Guardian, 22/05/2013

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Career Highlights:
  • 2008 awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society
  • 2006 featured in the annual Komponistenporträt at the Rheingau Musik Festival
  • 2004 awarded the Grand-Croix de la Légion d'honneur
  • 1995 named composer in residence at Tanglewood
  • 1970 appointed to the staff of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique
  • 1967 awarded the Grand Prix National de Musique
  • 1945 appointed Head of Music Production for Radio France
  • 1938 won the Grand Prix de Rome for cantata L'anneau du roi