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Henri Dutilleux dead at 97

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May 22, 2013 | 11:39am EDT

French composer Henri Dutilleux has died at the age of 97. Dutilleux passed away in Paris, France on Wednesday (22May13) but no further details of his death were available as WENN went to press. The composer studied music at the Douai Conservatory in France before heading to Paris in 1933 to further his classical expertise at the Paris Conservatoire. After breaking off to work as an army medical orderly during World War II, he returned to Paris in 1940 and worked as a pianist and music teacher. He went on to serve as Professor of Composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in the 1960s, and worked at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in the '70s. Dutilleux became known as a prolific composer of symphonies and orchestral pieces, with arguably his most famous work being his Symphony No. 1 in 1951. His most recent work was recorded in January this year (13).

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