Henri Dutilleux's (1916-2013) compositional style greatly reflected that of Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Albert Roussel. Yet his unique, individual style did not go amiss, as in his Three Preludes for Piano, composed in 1982 and still performed to this day.
Three Preludes for Piano comprises three movements; 1) Shadow and Silence, 2) On the Same Chord, and 3) The Game of Opposites. Three Preludes for Piano reflects Dutilleux's style in its atonality and modality, use of pedal notes and subtle hints of jazz influence. As an unusual set of Piano pieces, Dutilleux's compilation adds pleasant variety to the advanced pianists' repertoire.