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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TW 91084, TW 91085 Darius Milhaud, Paul Claudel, Pierre Boulez Darius Milhaud, Paul Claudel, Pierre Boulez - Christophe Colomb (Album) London International TW 91084, TW 91085 France 1955 Sell This Version
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C 35 A 67 Le Marteau Sans Maitre — Pierre Boulez René Char / Pierre Boulez René Char / Pierre Boulez - Le Marteau Sans Maitre (Album) Vega C 35 A 67 France 1956 Sell This Version
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C 30 A 66 Les Concerts Du Domaine Musical - IVe Concert 1956 — Pierre Boulez 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
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C 30 A 120 Les Concerts Du Domaine Musical (Saison 1957) — Pierre Boulez Strawinsky* / Webern* - Robert Craft / Pierre Boulez Strawinsky* / Webern* - Robert Craft / Pierre Boulez - Les Concerts Du Domaine Musical (Saison 1957)(LP) Vega C 30 A 120 France 1957 Sell This Version
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ML 5275 Le Marteau Sans Maître / Nr. 5 Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds — Pierre Boulez 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
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C 30 A 139 Serenata I / Sonatine / Cantéyodjayâ / Zeitmasze — Pierre Boulez 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
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C 30 A 271 Hyperprisme - Octandre - Intégrales / Suite Op. 29 — Pierre Boulez 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
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RL-152 Le Marteau Sans Maître / Nr. 5 Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds — Pierre Boulez Boulez* / Stockhausen* - Robert Craft Boulez* / Stockhausen* - Robert Craft - Le Marteau Sans Maître / Nr. 5 Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds(LP, Mono, Gat) Columbia Masterworks RL-152 Japan 1960 Sell This Version
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C 30 A 309 Sonate Pour Piano, Op. 1 / Variations, Op. 27 / 2e Sonate Pour Piano — Pierre Boulez 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
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MA 30 LA 1003 Hommage À Strawinsky — Pierre Boulez Strawinsky*, Pierre Boulez Strawinsky*, Pierre Boulez - Hommage À Strawinsky (Album, Comp) Disques Adès MA 30 LA 1003 France 1962 Sell This Version
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MA 30 LA 525 Serenade — Pierre Boulez Schoenberg* - Pierre Boulez Schoenberg* - Pierre Boulez - Serenade (Album) Disques Adès MA 30 LA 525 France 1962 Sell This Version
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MA 30 LA 524 Pierrot Lunaire — Pierre Boulez 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
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MA 30 LA 1006 Sept Haïkaï / Kammersymphonie / 3 Orchesterstücke — Pierre Boulez 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
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SMS-2324 Le Sacre Du Printemps / 4 Etudes Pour Orchestre — Pierre Boulez Stravinsky* - Orchestre National De La R.T.F.* Direction Pierre Boulez Stravinsky* - Orchestre National De La R.T.F.* Direction Pierre Boulez - Le Sacre Du Printemps / 4 Etudes Pour Orchestre (Album) Guilde Internationale Du Disque SMS-2324 France 1964 Sell This Version
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HM 30 682 Le Marteau Sans Maître Für Alt Und Sechs Instrumente Nach Texten Von René Char — Pierre Boulez Pierre Boulez Le Marteau Sans Maître Für Alt Und Sechs Instrumente Nach Texten Von René Char (Album) Harmonia Mundi HM 30 682 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
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HMO 30.545 Concerto Pour Flûte En Ré Mineur / Concerto Pour Violoncelle En La Majeur — Pierre Boulez 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
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M-2433, SMS 2433 Les Noces - Pribaoutki - Berceuses Du Chat - Chanson Russes - Chansons Paysannes — 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 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
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ASD 639 Le Soleil Des Eaux / Chronochromie / Les Bandar-Log — Pierre Boulez 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
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SMSC 2379, SMSC-2379 Water Music — Pierre Boulez 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
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WER 60 011 Structures Pour Deux Pianos — Pierre Boulez Pierre Boulez Structures Pour Deux Pianos (Album) WERGO WER 60 011 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
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BRG 72471, 72471 Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum / Couleurs De La Cité Céleste — Pierre Boulez Olivier Messiaen / Pierre Boulez Olivier Messiaen / Pierre Boulez - Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum / Couleurs De La Cité Céleste (Album) CBS, CBS BRG 72471, 72471 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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SDBR 3170, 3170 Equivalences / Madrigal III / Verklarte Nacht — Pierre Boulez 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 (Comp, Album) Disques Adès SDBR 3170, 3170 US 1967 Sell This Version
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MET 3003 Wozzeck — Pierre Boulez 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 (Album) CBS Masterworks MET 3003 UK 1967 Sell This Version
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MS 7179 Three Pieces For Orchestra / Chamber Concerto / Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4 — Pierre Boulez Boulez* Conducts Berg* - Daniel Barenboim / Sachko Gawriloff* / Halina Lukomska, BBC Symphony Orchestra Boulez* Conducts Berg* - Daniel Barenboim / Sachko Gawriloff* / Halina Lukomska, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Three Pieces For Orchestra / Chamber Concerto / Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4 Columbia Masterworks MS 7179 US 1967 Sell This Version
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92 786 La Mer • L'après-midi D'un Faune • Jeux — Pierre Boulez 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