Pierre Boulez


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Noun1.Pierre Boulez - French composer of serial music (born in 1925)
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Growing up in Santa Monica three decades ago, David Robertson used to watch as Zubin Mehta led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in passionate charges through difficult modern works by Pierre Boulez and Edgard Varese.
The two recordings we compared are the 1998 DG release by Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon 289 457 5812) and the 1997 Telarc release featuring Jesus Lopez-Cobos and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Telarc 2CD-80426).
First seen at the Paris Opera, directed by Patrice Chereau and conducted by Pierre Boulez, the production soon found its way onto our BBC2 screens amid immense enthusiasm; its gramophone recording received an equally ecstatic response.
OPERA RECORDING: ``Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle,'' Pierre Boulez.
The theme's 36 variations are in the style of the avant-garde of the day including George Crumb, Philip Glass and Pierre Boulez but also of older masters such as Beethoven and Chopin.
Under the leadership of conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim at Berlin's Staatskapelle, a series of concerts celebrating the 90th birthday of composer Pierre Boulez culminated with a performance on March 29 of his 1946 "Le visage nuptial," a rarely performed, transcendent cantata for soprano, alto, women's chorus and orchestra set to poems by Rene Char.
This was the same Festival at which Cage and Pierre Boulez on opposite sides of a compositional dispute for 36 years were reconciled with a handshake overseen by Olivier Messiaen.
These are preceded by an interview with Pierre Boulez that serves as a preface to the entire volume, and a brief introduction by the volume's three editors.
He discusses the idea of "German music"; the work of Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Nikos Skalkottas, Luigi Nono, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Alfred Schnittke, Hanz Werner Henze, and Wolfgang Rihm; the music of postmodern composers; multicultural phenomena in new music; nationalism and folklorism; principles of vocal composition; and the influence of Beethoven on the Schoenberg school.
Today's Birthdays: Conductor-composer Pierre Boulez is 89.
With Written on Skin, George Benjamin proves himself highly capable of writing gratefully for the voice and thus is pretty much unique among unapologetic modernists from the Pierre Boulez circle.