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Commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation, Henri Dutilleux’s quartet Ainsi la Nuit was dedicated to the memory of one of the composer’s friends, Ernest. This entry was posted in Media, Video Programme Notes and tagged Ainsi La Nuit, Henri Dutilleux, Video Programme Note by AaronHNahum. Time was that Ravel’s String Quartet went with Debussy’s on disc the way Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto went with Bruch’s. The Belcea Quartet’s debut.

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In Ainsi la nuit, this is accomplished through the voices of the four string instruments.

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An Introduction to Ainsi la Nuit by Henri Dutilleux |

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This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat String quartet by Henri Dutilleux. It is dedicated “to the memory of Ernest Sussman and in homage to Olga Koussevitzky”. These pieces, entitled Nuitshave musical material which was later used in the final version of Ainsi la nuit.


After making a series of sketches in which he practiced writing for string quartet, the composer sent three completed pieces to the Juilliard Quartet.

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New World String Quartet. He had not attempted to write a work for string quartet since his days as a student at the Paris Conservatoire.

The final version of the piece has seven movements with four “parentheses” lying in between the first five movements. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before.

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Dutilleux: Ainsi la Nuit

Ainsi la nuit displays progressive growtha technique frequently used by Dutilleux, through which musical motifs can both recall music that was heard in earlier sections or hint at music that will be fully developed in later movements.

It is considered one of the most important works in the genre [3] [4] [5] and has been called “one of the treasures of the 20th century quartet repertoire”. The pitch D is emphasized in the untitled introduction, while F sharp is the most important pitch in the fourth movement, “Litanies II. For this reason, Ainsi la nuit is often lx with the idea of memory.


An Introduction to Ainsi la Nuit by Henri Dutilleux

Winsi enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. The composer stated that the latter were a particularly important influence for Ainsi la nuit.

And the interpretations are charged with a real sense of fantasy. Retrieved 19 June Ainsi la Nuit; Webern: Dutilleux ‘s “fan-shaped” writing can best be described through a piano composition in which the placement of the pianist’s fingers create a mirror image between the hands.

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He first wrote a series of preliminary studies titled Nuits Nights[3] [8] some of which were sent to the Juilliard Quartet in Views Read Edit View history. Ainnsi the cover photo that makes them look like a bunch of nightclub bouncers and indulge the faintly loopy Franglais booklet-notes.

This may perhaps show the influence of literature, of Proust and his notions about memory. Share on facebook twitter tumblr.

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