22.01.1916 Angers - 22.05.2013 Paris
"Le travail de composition est quelque chose de très secret." - "The act of composing is very secret."
(ciatation: Interview about his wife Geneviève Joy; source: www.ina.fr)
Henri Dutilleux is one of the most important French composers of the second half of the 20th century. His early music is characterized by a still neoclassical playfulness and lightness, while his later works convey a deep richness in sound imagination. Among his most important compositions for piano are his early Piano Sonata (1948) premiered by his wife, the great pianist Geneviève Joy, the 3 major Préludes (1973/77/88) and "Figures de Résonances" (1970) for 2 pianos. Probably the most frequently played chamber music work is his virtuoso Sonatine for flute and piano (1943).
Enjoy the PIANOVERSAL listening tips with the music by Henri Dutilleux!