Death of a French composer, 87

Death of a French composer, 87


norman lebrecht

September 08, 2019

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.


  • Clarrieu says:

    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.

  • Phillip Sear says:

    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.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Very playful and ‘fresh’ music in the tradition of Les Six (twenties):

    A tradition still being explored today by younger French composers:

    It appears to be an inexhaustable musical source, so different from [redacted].