Pierre Boulez

Real Name:
Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez
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French composer, conductor, writer and organiser of institutions (* 26 March 1925 in Montbrison, France; † 05 January 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany).
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He studied with Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire (1942-1945) and privately with Andrée Vaurabourg and René Leibowitz, inheriting Messiaen's concern with rhythm, non-developing forms and extra-European music along with the Schönberg tradition of Leibowitz. The clash of the two influences lies behind such intense, disruptive works as his first two piano sonatas (1946, 1948) and Livre pour quatuor for string quartet (1949). The violence of his early music also suited that of René Char's poetry in the cantatas Le visage nuptial (1946) and Le soleil des eaux (1948), though through this highly charged style he was working towards an objective serial control of rhythm, loudness and tone colour that was achieved in the Structures for two pianos (1952). At this time he came to know Stockhausen, with whom he became a leader of the European avantgarde, teaching at Darmstadt (1955-67) and elsewhere, and creating one of the key postwar works in his Le marteau sans maître (1954). Once more to poems by Char, the work is for contralto with alto flute, viola, guitar and percussion: a typical ensemble of middle-range instruments with an emphasis on struck and plucked sounds. The filtering of Boulez's earlier manner through his 'tonal serialism' produces a work of feverish speed, unrest and elegance.

In the mid-1950s Boulez extended his activities to conducting. By the mid-1960s he was appearing widely as a conductor, becoming chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1971-1974) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1971-1978). Meanwhile his creative output declined. Under the influence of Mallarmé he had embarked on three big aleatory works after Le marteau, but of these the Third Piano Sonata (1957) remains a fragment and Pli selon pli for soprano and orchestra (1962) has been repeatedly revised; only a second book of Structures for two pianos (1961) has been definitively finished. Other works, notably Eclat/Multiples for tuned percussion ensemble and orchestra, also remain in progress, as if the openendedness of Boulez's proliferating musical world had committed him to incompleteness. Only the severe memorial Rituel for orchestra (1975) has escaped that fate.

Since the mid-1970s Boulez has concentrated on his work as director of the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, a computer studio in Paris where his main work has been "Répons" for orchestra and digital equipment.
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C 30 A 66 Pierre Boulez - Les Concerts Du Domaine Musical - IVe Concert 1956 album art Webern* / Nono* / Stockhausen* / Boulez* - Domaine Musical*, Pierre Boulez Webern* / Nono* / Stockhausen* / Boulez* - Domaine Musical*, Pierre Boulez - Les Concerts Du Domaine Musical - IVe Concert 1956 Vega C 30 A 66 France 1956 Sell This Version
ML 5275 Pierre Boulez - Le Marteau Sans Maître / Nr. 5 Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds album art Boulez* / Stockhausen* - Robert Craft Boulez* / Stockhausen* - Robert Craft - Le Marteau Sans Maître / Nr. 5 Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds (Album, Comp) Columbia Masterworks ML 5275 US 1958 Sell This Version
C 30 A 139 Pierre Boulez - Serenata I / Sonatine / Cantéyodjayâ / Zeitmasze album art Luciano Berio - Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen - Karlheinz Stockhausen Luciano Berio - Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen - Karlheinz Stockhausen - Serenata I / Sonatine / Cantéyodjayâ / Zeitmasze (Album) Vega C 30 A 139 France 1958 Sell This Version
C 30 A 271 Pierre Boulez - Hyperprisme - Octandre - Intégrales / Suite Op. 29 album art Varèse* / Schönberg* - Pierre Boulez Varèse* / Schönberg* - Pierre Boulez - Hyperprisme - Octandre - Intégrales / Suite Op. 29 (Album) Vega C 30 A 271 France 1960 Sell This Version
C 30 A 309 Pierre Boulez - Sonate Pour Piano, Op. 1 / Variations, Op. 27 / 2e Sonate Pour Piano album art Berg*, Webern*, Boulez* Berg*, Webern*, Boulez* - Sonate Pour Piano, Op. 1 / Variations, Op. 27 / 2e Sonate Pour Piano(LP) Vega C 30 A 309 France 1961 Sell This Version
MA 30 LA 1003 Pierre Boulez - Hommage À Strawinsky album art Strawinsky*, Pierre Boulez Strawinsky*, Pierre Boulez - Hommage À Strawinsky Disques Adès MA 30 LA 1003 France 1962 Sell This Version
TW 91084, TW 91085 Pierre Boulez - Christophe Colomb album art Darius Milhaud, Paul Claudel, Pierre Boulez Darius Milhaud, Paul Claudel, Pierre Boulez - Christophe Colomb (Album) London Records TW 91084, TW 91085 France 1955 Sell This Version
MA 30 LA 525 Pierre Boulez - Serenade album art Schoenberg* - Pierre Boulez Schoenberg* - Pierre Boulez - Serenade (Album) Disques Adès MA 30 LA 525 France 1962 Sell This Version
MA 30 LA 524 Pierre Boulez - Pierrot Lunaire album art Arnold Schoenberg - Helga Pilarczyk - Pierre Boulez Arnold Schoenberg - Helga Pilarczyk - Pierre Boulez - Pierrot Lunaire (Album) Disques Adès MA 30 LA 524 France 1962 Sell This Version
MA 30 LA 1006 Pierre Boulez - Sept Haïkaï / Kammersymphonie / 3 Orchesterstücke album art Messiaen*, Schoenberg* - Yvonne Loriod, Pierre Boulez Messiaen*, Schoenberg* - Yvonne Loriod, Pierre Boulez - Sept Haïkaï / Kammersymphonie / 3 Orchesterstücke (Album) Disques Adès MA 30 LA 1006 France 1964 Sell This Version
TV 34081S Pierre Boulez - Le Marteau Sans Maître Für Alt Und Sechs Instrumente Nach Texten Von René Char album art Pierre Boulez Le Marteau Sans Maître Für Alt Und Sechs Instrumente Nach Texten Von René Char (Album) Harmonia Mundi TV 34081S US 1964 Sell This Version
HMO 30.545 Pierre Boulez - Concerto Pour Flûte En Ré Mineur / Concerto Pour Violoncelle En La Majeur album art K.P.E. Bach* - J.P. Rampal*, Robert Bex, H. Dreyfus* , Orchestre À Cordes Sous La Direction De Pierre Boulez K.P.E. Bach* - J.P. Rampal*, Robert Bex, H. Dreyfus* , Orchestre À Cordes Sous La Direction De Pierre Boulez - Concerto Pour Flûte En Ré Mineur / Concerto Pour Violoncelle En La Majeur (Album) Harmonia Mundi HMO 30.545 France 1964 Sell This Version
M-2433, SMS 2433 Pierre Boulez - Les Noces - Pribaoutki - Berceuses Du Chat - Chanson Russes - Chansons Paysannes album art Stravinsky* - Jacqueline Brumaire, Denise Scharley, Jacques Pottier, José Van Dam, Chœurs Et Solistes De L'Orchestre Du Théâtre National De L'Opéra*, Pierre Boulez Stravinsky* - Jacqueline Brumaire, Denise Scharley, Jacques Pottier, José Van Dam, Chœurs Et Solistes De L'Orchestre Du Théâtre National De L'Opéra*, Pierre Boulez - Les Noces - Pribaoutki - Berceuses Du Chat - Chanson Russes - Chansons Paysannes (Album) Guilde Internationale Du Disque, Guilde Internationale Du Disque M-2433, SMS 2433 France 1965 Sell This Version
ASD 639 Pierre Boulez - Le Soleil Des Eaux / Chronochromie / Les Bandar-Log album art Boulez* / Messiaen* / Koechlin* Boulez* / Messiaen* / Koechlin* - Le Soleil Des Eaux / Chronochromie / Les Bandar-Log (Album) His Master's Voice ASD 639 UK 1965 Sell This Version
SMSC 2379, SMSC-2379 Pierre Boulez - Water Music album art Handel* - Pierre Boulez Conducts The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra* Handel* - Pierre Boulez Conducts The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra* - Water Music (Album) Guilde Internationale Du Disque, Guilde Internationale Du Disque SMSC 2379, SMSC-2379 UK 1965 Sell This Version
WER 60 011 Pierre Boulez - Structures Pour Deux Pianos album art Pierre Boulez Structures Pour Deux Pianos (Album) WERGO WER 60 011 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
36295 Pierre Boulez - Le Soleil Des Eaux / Chronochromie / Les Bandar-Log album art Boulez* / Messiaen* / Koechlin* - Pierre Boulez / Antal Dorati, B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra* And Chorus* Boulez* / Messiaen* / Koechlin* - Pierre Boulez / Antal Dorati, B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra* And Chorus* - Le Soleil Des Eaux / Chronochromie / Les Bandar-Log(LP, Album, Mono) Angel Records 36295 US 1965 Sell This Version
BRG 72471, 72471 Pierre Boulez - Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum / Couleurs De La Cité Céleste album art Olivier Messiaen / Pierre Boulez Olivier Messiaen / Pierre Boulez - Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum / Couleurs De La Cité Céleste (Album) Erato BRG 72471, 72471 UK 1966 Sell This Version
SDBR 3170, 3170 Pierre Boulez - Equivalences / Madrigal III / Verklarte Nacht album art Pierre Boulez Conducts The Domaine Musical Ensemble* / Schoenberg* / Eloy* / Pousseur* Pierre Boulez Conducts The Domaine Musical Ensemble* / Schoenberg* / Eloy* / Pousseur* - Equivalences / Madrigal III / Verklarte Nacht (Album) Disques Adès SDBR 3170, 3170 US 1967 Sell This Version
78216 Pierre Boulez - Wozzeck album art Alban Berg - Pierre Boulez / Walter Berry / Isabel Strauss / Fritz Uhl / Carl Doench* Alban Berg - Pierre Boulez / Walter Berry / Isabel Strauss / Fritz Uhl / Carl Doench* - Wozzeck (Album) CBS Masterworks 78216 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
72614 Pierre Boulez - Three Pieces For Orchestra / Chamber Concerto / Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4 album art Boulez* Conducts Berg* - BBC Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim / Sachko Gawriloff* / Halina Lukomska Boulez* Conducts Berg* - BBC Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim / Sachko Gawriloff* / Halina Lukomska - Three Pieces For Orchestra / Chamber Concerto / Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4 Columbia Masterworks 72614 UK 1967 Sell This Version
92 786 Pierre Boulez - La Mer • L'après-midi D'un Faune • Jeux album art Boulez* Dirigiert Debussy* Boulez* Dirigiert Debussy* - La Mer • L'après-midi D'un Faune • Jeux (Album) CBS Masterworks 92 786 Germany 1966 Sell This Version
MET 3003 Pierre Boulez - Wozzeck album art Alban Berg - Pierre Boulez, Orchestra Of The Paris National Opera* And Chorus Of The Paris National Opera*, Walter Berry, Isabel Strauss, Fritz Uhl, Carl Doench* Alban Berg - Pierre Boulez, Orchestra Of The Paris National Opera* And Chorus Of The Paris National Opera*, Walter Berry, Isabel Strauss, Fritz Uhl, Carl Doench* - Wozzeck(3xLP, Mono + Box, Mono) CBS MET 3003 UK 1967 Sell This Version
VICS-1312, VICS 1312 Pierre Boulez - The New Music (Volume 2) album art Boulez*Haubenstock-Ramati*Maderna* - Rome Symphony Orchestra* / Bruno Maderna Boulez*Haubenstock-Ramati*Maderna* - Rome Symphony Orchestra* / Bruno Maderna - The New Music (Volume 2) (Album, Comp) RCA Victrola, RCA Victrola VICS-1312, VICS 1312 US 1968 Sell This Version
CBS 72652, SBRG 72652 Pierre Boulez - Bartok, Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez album art Bartok* - Stravinsky*, The BBC Symphony Orchestra*, Pierre Boulez Bartok* - Stravinsky*, The BBC Symphony Orchestra*, Pierre Boulez - Bartok, Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez (Album) CBS, CBS CBS 72652, SBRG 72652 UK 1968 Sell This Version