Dutilleux, Henri (b. January 22, 1916, Angers). Esteemed French composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed throughout the world.
Prof. Dutilleux studied counterpoint, harmony and piano with Victor Gallois at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Douai, where he graduated in 1933. He then studied composition with Henri-Paul Büsser, counterpoint and fugue with Noël Gallon, harmony with Jean Gallon, music history with Maurice Emmanuel, and orchestral conducting with Philippe Gaubert at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1933-38.
Among his numerous honors are the Grand Prix de Rome (1938, for L'anneau du roi [withdrawn]), the Grand Prix National de la Musique (1967, for his entire oeuvre), the Praemium Imperiale from the government of Japan (1994, for his entire oeuvre), the Prix du MIDEM Classique in Cannes (1999, for The Shadows of Time), the Grand Prix de la Presse Musicale Internationale (1999, for his entire oeuvre), and the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis (2005, for his entire oeuvre). In addition, he received the title Grand-Croix de la Légion d'Honneur from the government of France (2004) and is a member of the Académie Royale de Belgique in Brussels, as well as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1981.
He is the subject of the books Henri Dutilleux by René Jacobs (1974), Henri Dutilleux by Pierrette Mari (1974, Éditions Hachette; second edition, 1988, Éditions Auguste Zurfluh), Henri Dutilleux, l'uvre et le style musical by Daniel Humbert (1986, Champion-Slatkine), Ainsi Dutilleux... by C. Desmarets and J.M. Lhôte (1991, Éditions Miroirs), Henri Dutilleux: his Life and Works by Caroline Potter (1997, Aldershot), and Perception du temps musical chez Henri Dutilleux by Maxime Joos (1999, L'Harmattan). Moreover, a collection of interviews with Claude Glayman was published as Henri Dutilleux, Mystère et mémoire des sons (1993, Éditions Belfond; second edition, 1997, Actes Sud).
Prof. Dutilleux is also active in other positions. He served as choral director at the Opéra de Paris in 1942-43 and worked for Radio France in Paris from 1943-63, where he served as director of music productions from 1945-63.
He taught composition at the École Normale de Musique de Paris from 1961-70 and composition as a guest professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1970-71. He also lectured twice at Tanglewood in 1995 and 1998.
He is married to the pianist Geneviève Joy.
In addition to the works listed below, Prof. Dutilleux composed a radio score in the 1940s and incidental music for four plays in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as several minor orchestral, chamber and vocal works and arrangements of music by Jehan Alain and Albert Roussel.
Alphonse Leduc publishes most of his music, but Éditions Durand publishes some of his older scores and Schott publishes several of his recent works.
E-mail address for consulting scores (Alphonse Leduc): AlphonseLeduc@wanadoo.fr
E-mail address for consulting scores (Éditions Durand): firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail address for consulting scores (Schott): Nicole.Echle@schott-musik.de
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
STAGE: Le loup (ballet, choreography by Roland Petit, scenario after Jean Anouilh, Georges Neveux), large orchestra, 1953
ORCHESTRAL: Symphonie No. 1, large orchestra (78 players), 1950-51; Symphonie No. 2, 'Le double', small orchestra (oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, harpsichord, celesta, timpani, string quartet), orchestra, 1955-59; Métaboles, large orchestra (90 players), 1959-64; Tout un monde lointain... (concerto), cello, large orchestra (74 players), 1967-70; Timbres, espace, mouvement ou la nuit étoilée, orchestra (16 winds, 11 brass, harp, celesta, timpani, 3 percussion, 12 celli, 10 double basses), 1976-78, revised 1990; L'arbre des songes (concerto), violin, large orchestra, 1979-85; Mystère de l'instant, cimbalom, percussion, 24/48 strings, 1985-89; Choral, Cadence et Fugato, trombone, symphonic band, 1995 (version by Claude Pichaureau of chamber work); Sur le même accord, violin, orchestra, 2002
CHAMBER MUSIC: Sonatine, flute, piano, 1943; Sonate, oboe, piano, 1947; Choral, Cadence et Fugato, trombone, piano, 1950 (also version by Claude Pichaureau for trombone, symphonic band); Ainsi la nuit, string quartet, 1973-76; Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher, cello, 1976, revised 1982; Les citations (diptych), oboe, double bass, harpsichord, percussion, 1985, revised 1990-91; Slava's Fanfare, spatial ensemble (3 piccolos, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 2 percussion), 1997
CHORAL: The Shadows of Time, 3 children's voices, large orchestra, 1995-97
VOCAL: Correspondances (song-cycle, texts from letters by Prithwindra Mukherjee, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Rainer Maria Rilke, Vincent Van Gogh [all French translations]), soprano, large orchestra, 2003
PIANO: Au gré des ondes, 1946; Sonate, 1946-48; Résonances, 1965; Figures de résonances, 2 pianos, 1970-76; Trois Préludes, 1973-88 (each of its sections may be performed separately: D'ombre et de silence, 1973; Sur un même accord, 1977; Le jeu des contraires, 1988)
(Last updated on April 5, 2005)