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Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night) is a string quartet written by the French composer Henri Dutilleux between 1973 and 1976.

Henri Dutilleux

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Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night) is a string quartet written by the French composer Henri Dutilleux between 1973 and 1976.
Some of his notable compositions include a piano sonata, two symphonies, the cello concerto Tout un monde lointain... (A whole distant world), the violin concerto L'arbre des songes (The tree of dreams), the string quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the night) and a sonatine for flute and piano.

Serge Koussevitzky

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Ainsi la nuit was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation for the Juilliard Quartet.
New works created with the foundations' support include: Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, Douglas Moore's opera The Ballad of Baby Doe, Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3, Henri Dutilleux's string quartet Ainsi la nuit and Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie.

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Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night) is a string quartet written by the French composer Henri Dutilleux between 1973 and 1976.

Gérard Caussé

He gave the first performance of the celebrated Ainsi la nuit quartet by Henri Dutilleux.

L'arbre des songes

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As in other of his works, notably the cello concerto Tout un monde lointain... and the string quartet Ainsi la nuit, Dutilleux uses an unusual structure of several movements (four in this case) without any break between each movements.

Pascal Rophé

He conducted the BBC's celebration of the centenary called Total Immersion Day: the Magical Soundworld of Henri Dutilleux, selecting five pieces: Tout un monde lointain ..., Métaboles, a concerto for orchestra, the string quartet Ainsi la nuit, The Shadows of Time for three children's voices and orchestra, and Le temps l'horloge for soprano and orchestra.

Juilliard String Quartet

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Ainsi la nuit was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation for the Juilliard Quartet.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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Before starting to work on the piece, Dutilleux studied the string quartets of Beethoven and Bartók as well as Webern's Six Bagatelles.

Béla Bartók

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Before starting to work on the piece, Dutilleux studied the string quartets of Beethoven and Bartók as well as Webern's Six Bagatelles.

Anton Webern

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Before starting to work on the piece, Dutilleux studied the string quartets of Beethoven and Bartók as well as Webern's Six Bagatelles.

Octatonic scale

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The octatonic mode is also used extensively throughout the work.

Gregorian chant

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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.