Dutilleux composed Ainsi La Nuit between 1973 and 1976 and it was premiered in 1977, by the Parrenin Quartet (not by the Juilliard Quartet for whom it was originally intended) . Often split in 7 movements (but it is sometimes compressed into 2 or even one whole piece by others) Dutilleux's aural...
Not unlike Varese, Dutilleux's core of musical works can be summarized with a dozen or less titles.
[Ideal for a poll with its maximum of 15 entries :) ]
Please select the one piece by Dutilleux which you like/listen to the most.
My fave is Timbres, Espace, Mouvement.
In terms of "that old Brahms stuff," is there anyone as good as Henri Dutilleux?
It is pointless to compare Dutilleux to the eclecticism of Schnittke, the experimental nature of the likes of Stockhausen, the alienness of Ligeti, and the progressive complexity of Carter. But in his own fashion...
Posted on the Gramophone web site: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/the-gramophone-blog/a-posthumous-insult-to-composer-henri-dutilleux
I understand Vichy can still be a touchy subject in France, but this particular instance seems a very petty decision.