Born in Montbrison/Loire on 26 March 1925, Pierre Boulez is
a composer, conductor, thinker, a motor of international musical life,
an emblematic figure in post-war European, indeed, world culture.
living classic. Ever since the 1950’s, composers around the world have
followed with curiosity what he was writing, to see if they could adapt
his ideas in their own music or to reject them in their search for an
idiom they could call their own. In 1957, György Kurtág arrived in Paris
with the goal to compose something he could show to Boulez (in the end,
he left without a work worthy of being presented). The music the French
composer has written ever since the late 1940’s [...]
About the Music
For the first issue of our new newsletter Musikblätter,Pierre Boulez spoke to Universal Edition about his own music.
“Sometimes you discover yourself”
Mr. Boulez, for just a brief
moment, at the beginning of the 1950s, it seemed that serial methods were
asking to be extended across every element of composition. This represented the
thrilling possibility that a new musical system might be found, but there was
also the anxiety that music’s creation would become as automated as heavy
industry – allowing masterpieces to be made without a master, merely by the
hammer of technology. But this sort of total organisation proved to be
impossible – luckily so, one might say. [...]
Notations: The concentrated pungency
of the sequence embraces whimsical to aggressive, here brought off with total
commitment by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who reveals that each is a gem.
Marteau sans maître: the linear and crystalline [piece] seems to
meld Debussy and Webern while setting Char’s surrealist prose.
Eclat-Multiples: music that glitters and contains many