Death of a French composer, 87

The composer Roger Boutry, a versatile musician who was a piano finalist in the first Tchaikovsky Competition and achieved the rank of colonel in the French army for training band conductors, died yesterday.

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  • Great personality, also Grand Prix de Rome 1954. For the recent generations, he will be remembered as long-running harmony teacher at the Paris Conservatory, chief conductor of the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, and prolific writer for wind band and wind instruments.

  • Very sorry to hear this. I guess he is best known now for his excellent 1963 Divertimento for saxophone and piano. I well remember how tricky I found the job of learning the piano part and fitting it with the sax for a competition on little rehearsal.

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