Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, expresses her deep emotion at the news of the death of André Tubeuf, philosopher and musicographe, awakener and incomparable passer.

Former student of the rue d'Ulm where he attended the classes of some of the greatest philosophers of the XXe Between 1957 and 1992, he taught philosophy in a preparatory class at the Lycée Fustel-de-coulanges in Strasbourg.

Very quickly during his student years, André Tubeuf was bewitched by music, theatre and lyrical art and relentlessly froth the Parisian halls. He then tasted the pleasure of following the artists, discovering new works and being surprised by interpretations.

By claiming to be self-taught in music, André Tubeuf liked nothing so much as to explore for himself the immense richness of classical works, going as soon as he could to contact the artists and then reveal them, through his many publications, the many facets.

Having become a music critic, André Tubeuf is distinguished by his immense historical knowledge, his great sensitivity and his sometimes fiery verve but always fair and precise. His style is recognizable among all, whether in the countless articles published in magazines such as Opéra international, Avant-scène Opéra, Harmonie, then Classica or Le Point, or in the records of the mythical collection References, or in his works to the tone often more personal. In 2018, he received the Prix de la critique de l'Académie française for his entire work. André Tubeuf was also Commander in the National Order of Merit and Commander of Arts and Letters.

In 1972 and again in 1975, André Tubeuf put his expertise and passion for musical issues at the service of two ministers of culture, Jacques Duhamel and then Michel Guy. Over time, esteemed and recognized by all, he had become more than a reference: an awareness of the world of classical music.

André Tubeuf’s legacy is immense. For him, transmission was an imperious necessity and a second nature. His communicative enthusiasm and his pedagogy have inspired many vocations of lyrical artists and musicians and enlightened thousands of amateur enthusiasts. For generations of music lovers, André Tubeuf is and will remain the one who learned to listen, see and understand music.

Without ease but without aridity, with an impressive but never intimidating erudition, André Tubeuf knew how to find the words to take his readers and his listeners by the hand and help them to unravel the secrets of the art of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter, Dinu Lipatti, of Claudio Arrau, and so many others, or to capture the lights and shadows of Mozart, Schubert, Bach or Brahms, thus making them more familiar, and thus more accessible in their genius.

Almost as much as sadness, it is gratitude that dominates the announcement of his disappearance.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin extends her deepest condolences to his family, loved ones and to all those, so many, who were lucky enough to be awakened to the wonders of music.