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Beyond boundaries: Dutilleux's foreign leavening

Rae, Caroline 2010. Beyond boundaries: Dutilleux's foreign leavening. Contemporary Music Review 29 (5) , pp. 431-446. 10.1080/07494467.2010.589123

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Abstract

Dutilleux's music is inevitably considered within a French context and is frequently programmed alongside Debussy and Ravel; indeed, he is a direct link to this tradition, having met Ravel in the 1930s. Yet, Dutilleux is suspicious about always being described as a quintessentially French composer and likes to borrow André Gide's expression of ‘foreign leavening’—le levain de l'étranger—to emphasise the importance of non-French influences in his music, these having provided the catalyst for compositional self-questioning that ultimately forged his own creative identity. This essay investigates the sources of Dutilleux's ‘foreign leavening’, which he has identified to include composers from Central and Eastern Europe, notably Bartók, Berg, Schoenberg and Lutosławski. In this way, Dutilleux is placed in a broader European context to reveal that his music interacts with the international mainstream.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dutilleux, Frenchness, Foreign Influences, Central and Eastern European Composers, Bartók, Berg, Schoenberg, Lutosławski
Additional Information: Special issue 'Dutilleux at 95', edited by Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0749-4467
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18983

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