Celebrating the Dutilleux Centenary
16 December 2015
Special series of events in tribute to the music and legacy of Henri Dutilleux
The School of Music is collaborating with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to mount a tribute to the internationally-acclaimed composer Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013).
A series of orchestral and chamber music concerts featuring Dutilleux’s music at St David’s Hall, Hoddinott Hall and Cardiff University Concert Hall starts on his centenary day of 22 January 2016 and continues into March.
Dr Caroline Rae, Reader at the School of Music, said: "Henri Dutilleux was among the greatest and most celebrated French composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Heir to the tradition of Debussy and Ravel, his music is characterised by that most French of attributes – magic of timbre.
"It is fitting that Dutilleux's centenary will be celebrated in Cardiff as he had connections with the city. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University during his visit to the city in 2008 for the BBC Discovering Dutilleux Festival organised by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University."
Alongside the series of concerts, the School of Music will also host the Dutilleux Centenary Symposium and present a day of talks by eminent composers and scholars investigating Dutilleux’s music and legacy. Speakers include Eric Tanguy, Julian Anderson, Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae. The opening address will be presented by Her Excellency Madame Sylvie Bermann, Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom. Admission to the Symposium is free.
Dutilleux’s music will also be featured daily on BBC Radio 3’s acclaimed Composer of the Week from 18 to 22 January 2016. Dutilleux scholars Caroline Rae and Caroline Potter join Donald Macleod in an investigation of his music.
22 January St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 7.30 pm
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Thomas Søndergård
Akiko Suwanai (violin)
Dutilleux Métaboles (1964)
Sur le meme accord
Debussy Nocturne (completed Robert Orledge) UK premiere
27 January BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, 7.30 pm
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Pascal Rophé
Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)
Eric Tanguy Affetuoso in memoriam Henri Dutilleux
Julian Anderson Shir Hashirim
Thierry Pécou Les Liasons magnétiques
Kenneth Hesketh Graven Image
Henri Dutilleux Le Temps l’horloge
28 January Cardiff University Concert Hall, 9.30 – 4.00pm
Dutilleux Centenary Symposium
2 February Cardiff University Concert Hall 7.00pm
Lekeu String Quartet
Debussy String Quartet
Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit
15 March Cardiff University Concert Hall, 7.00 pm
The Riot Ensemble
Dutilleux Les citations