Dillon, Henri, French composer; b. Angers, Oct. 9, 1912; d. in combat in Indochina on July 9, 1954. He studied at the Military School in St.-Cyr, and served in the army during World War II. He was largely self-taught in music, and adopted a classical style of Composition, derived mainly from the melodic patterns of French folk songs.
ORCH Cello Concerto (1949); Violin Concerto (1949); Arlequin, divertimento for Strings (1949); Viola Concerto (1952); Concerto for 2 Trumpets and Orch. (1953). CHAMBER : Saxophone Sonata (1949); Violin Sonata (1952); Concerto for 2 Pianos (Paris, Dec. 15,1952); Cassation for 12 Wind Instruments (1953); various works for piano, including a Sonata (1953).
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