French composer Dutilleux gets top UK award

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Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announced it had awarded its prestigious Gold Medal to veteran 92 year-old French composer Henri Dutilleux.

   LONDON, April 4, 2008 - Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
announced Thursday it had awarded its prestigious Gold Medal to veteran 92
year-old French composer Henri Dutilleux.
   Struck in 1870 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Beethoven, the
medal is one of Britain's highest musical awards. The previous recipient was
Daniel Barenboim.
   At the presentation ceremony at London's Wigmore Hall Wednesday, the
Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Graham Sheffield said Dutilleux had
"consistently produced work at the very highest level throughout his long
composing career, holding steadfastly to his compositional principles and
resisting the merely fashionable to create a distinctive and powerful language
that is never simplistic."
   His music possessed a gentle sincerity that made it communicate at every
level, his example providing a role model for a new generation of composers,
Sheffield said.
   The last French recipient of the medal was Pierre Boulez in 1997. Past
winners have included Sergei Rachmaninov, Sergei Prokofiev, Simon Rattle,
Placido Domingo, Richard Strauss, Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich.

AFP 

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