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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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. The composer stated that the latter were a particularly important influence for Ainsi la nuit. Ignore the cover photo that makes them look like a aknsi of nightclub bouncers and indulge the faintly loopy Franglais booklet-notes.
The pitch D is emphasized in the untitled introduction, while F sharp is the most important pitch in the fourth movement, “Litanies II.
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Before starting on the actual composition, Dutilleux spent some time studying the intricacies of string-playing techniques of the time. Intimate Letters; Henri Dutilleux: Skip to main content.
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Other techniques that are typical of Dutilleux can be found in the work such as fan-shaped phrases, a modal quality reminiscent of Gregorian chant as well as the highlighting of tonal triads in an atonal context. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
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Ainsi la Nuit; Philip Glass: He first wrote a series of preliminary studies titled Nuits Nights  some of which were sent to the Juilliard Quartet in Ainsi la nuit has been played and recorded many times since it was published.
And the interpretations are charged with a real sense of fantasy. French Music For String Quartet. These pieces, entitled Nuitshave musical material which was later used in the final version of Ainsi la nuit. He had not attempted to write a work for string quartet since his days as a student at the Paris Conservatoire. There’s a tendency—it’s almost entirely intuitive—not to present the theme in its definitive state at duilleux beginning.
Archived from the original on 24 November In Ainsi la nuit, this is accomplished through the voices of the four string instruments. Introspection Late Night Partying.
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It lasts about 18 minutes. Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux. It is dedicated “to the memory of Ernest Sussman and in homage to Olga Koussevitzky”. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. It is considered one of the most important works in the genre    and has been called “one of the treasures of the 20th century quartet repertoire”. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before.
If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. The piece is based on series of studies which focus on different aspects of sound production: Many of Dutilleux ‘s pieces from the same period as Ainsi la nuit also make use of “fan-shaped” writing. The octatonic mode is also used extensively throughout the work. This is also true in Ainsi la nuit, as a D major triad is outlined with each successive pitch being centered upon in a separate movement.
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