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NY Phil Celebrates Henri Dutilleux

On Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic celebrates French composer Henri Dutilleux, the recipient of the orchestra’s first Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.

Dutilleux has decided to use the prize money to commission three composers to write works for the Philharmonic in his honor. He’s already selected one – Peter Eotvos. Who would you recommend to Mr. Dutilleux as the other two commission recipients?

Alan Gilbert will conduct and Yo-Yo Ma is the featured guest soloist.


Métaboles (1964)

Ainsi La Nuit for String Quartet (1976)

Cello Concerto — Tout un monde lointain (A whole distant world) (1970)



Comment from Sparky P.
Time: June 26, 2012, 1:04 pm

Second commission: another Frenchman who, in my mind, carries on the Dutilleux soundworld (and does indeed appear on one disc with the senior master), Pascal Dusapin.

Comment from Antonio Celaya
Time: June 28, 2012, 12:28 am

Per Nørgård and Thomas Jennefelt.

Comment from fukbot
Time: June 28, 2012, 7:25 pm

Dusapin & Saariaho (Rihm, Dalbavie, Mantovani, Lazkano)

Comment from Christian
Time: July 1, 2012, 1:59 pm

They ended up commissioning Sean Shepherd, Anthony Cheung, and Frank Krawczyk.

Comment from zeno
Time: July 6, 2012, 2:25 pm

Thanks Christian.

Congratulations to the three winners. (I wish I was in NYC and able to hear all three new works.)

In my opinion, this generous patronage and commissioning program appears to have functioned quite successfully so far (especially compared to those competition cases where no prizes or commissions are awarded.)

Sparky P., I didn’t believe that the winners would necessarily be French-born. (Cheung, Shepard, and Weider-Atherton were all born in California or Nevada.)

I think the hints pointing to these winners — in reverse order of time — are that Krawczyk wrote a cello concerto – Polvere — with Sonia Wieder-Atherton for Christian Boltanski’s Monumenta 2010; Cheung received both the First Prize and the Public Prize in 2008 at the 6th International Henri Dutilleux Competition (chaired by Mr. Dutilleux) for his work Windswept Cypresses; and that Shepard was first-prize winner in the 2005 International Witold Lutosławski Competition.


I was also fascinated that the NY Phil program featured the string quartet in between the two orchestral/solo works. Again, I wish I was there.

Comment from Sparky P.
Time: July 9, 2012, 11:48 am

It didn’t make no matter to me (I was just speculating). So, best of luck to the recipients.