Pierre Boulez

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Pierre Boulez
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French composer and conductor (born 26 March 1925 in Montbrison, France - died 5 January 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany).
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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Pierre Boulez - The Female Prisoner (La Prisonnière) album art Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio - The Female Prisoner (La Prisonnière) (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Boulez Conducts Debussy, Vol. 2 (Images Pour Orchestre / Danses, Sacree Et Profane) album art Boulez* Conducts Debussy*, The Cleveland Orchestra Boulez* Conducts Debussy*, The Cleveland Orchestra - Boulez Conducts Debussy, Vol. 2 (Images Pour Orchestre / Danses, Sacree Et Profane) (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Le Piano Moderne album art Berio*, Boulez*, Krenek*, Dallapiccola*, Stockhausen* - David Burge Berio*, Boulez*, Krenek*, Dallapiccola*, Stockhausen* - David Burge - Le Piano Moderne (Album) CBS UK 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Improvisation No. 2 / Parole Di San Paolo / Concerto Per La Notte Di Natale Dell´Anno / Trois Chants Sacrés album art Dallapiccola* / Boulez* / Pousseur* Dallapiccola* / Boulez* / Pousseur* - Improvisation No. 2 / Parole Di San Paolo / Concerto Per La Notte Di Natale Dell´Anno / Trois Chants Sacrés (Album) Candide UK 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Berg: Violin Concerto / Bartók: Two Rhapsodies album art Berg*, Bartók*, Yehudi Menuhin, Pierre Boulez, BBC Symphony Orchestra Berg*, Bartók*, Yehudi Menuhin, Pierre Boulez, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Berg: Violin Concerto / Bartók: Two Rhapsodies (Album) His Master's Voice UK 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Firebird Suite / Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta album art Bartók*, Stravinsky*, Pierre Boulez, The BBC Symphony Orchestra* Bartók*, Stravinsky*, Pierre Boulez, The BBC Symphony Orchestra* - Firebird Suite / Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta (Album) Columbia Masterworks France 1968 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Pierre Boulez Conducts Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique / Lélio) album art Hector Berlioz / Pierre Boulez, Jean-Louis Barrault, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Orchestra Chorus*, John Alldis, The London Symphony Orchestra Hector Berlioz / Pierre Boulez, Jean-Louis Barrault, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Orchestra Chorus*, John Alldis, The London Symphony Orchestra - Pierre Boulez Conducts Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique / Lélio) CBS, CBS Masterworks US 1969 Sell This Version
s72807 Pierre Boulez - Stravinsky - Le Sacre Du Printemps - The cleveland Orchestra album art Pierre Boulez Stravinsky - Le Sacre Du Printemps - The cleveland Orchestra(LP) CBS s72807 Denmark 1969 Sell This Version
72725, S 72725 Pierre Boulez - Images Pour Orchestre Danses, Sacree Et Profane - Vol. ll album art Boulez* Conducts Debussy* Boulez* Conducts Debussy* - Images Pour Orchestre Danses, Sacree Et Profane - Vol. ll(LP, Album) CBS, CBS 72725, S 72725 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
S 72652 Pierre Boulez - Bartok - Musique pour cordes, percussion & celesta - Starvinsky - L'oiseau de feu album art Boulez* Conducts Stravinsky* / Bartok*, The BBC Symphony Orchestra* Boulez* Conducts Stravinsky* / Bartok*, The BBC Symphony Orchestra* - Bartok - Musique pour cordes, percussion & celesta - Starvinsky - L'oiseau de feu(LP, Album) CBS S 72652 US 1969 Sell This Version
MM-1099 Pierre Boulez - Structures II / Improvisation II Sur Mallarmé album art Pierre Boulez Structures II / Improvisation II Sur Mallarmé(10") Fratelli Fabbri Editori MM-1099 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Piano Sonata No. 2 / Piano Sonata Op. 1 album art Alban Berg / Pierre Boulez - Claude Helffer Alban Berg / Pierre Boulez - Claude Helffer - Piano Sonata No. 2 / Piano Sonata Op. 1 Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Livre Pour Quatuor (Extraits) / Archipel II album art Boulez* / Boucourechliev*, Quatuor Parrenin Boulez* / Boucourechliev*, Quatuor Parrenin - Livre Pour Quatuor (Extraits) / Archipel II Erato France 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Symphony No. 5 / Calm Sea And Prosperous Voyage album art Boulez* Conducts Beethoven*, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir Boulez* Conducts Beethoven*, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Symphony No. 5 / Calm Sea And Prosperous Voyage (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 album art Bartók* - Daniel Barenboim, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Pierre Boulez Bartók* - Daniel Barenboim, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Pierre Boulez - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice US 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Das Klagende Lied album art Boulez* Conducts Mahler* Boulez* Conducts Mahler* - Das Klagende Lied Columbia Masterworks Canada 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Das Klagende Lied album art Mahler*, The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Pierre Boulez, Grace Hoffman, Evelyn Lear, Stuart Burrows, Arthur Oldham Mahler*, The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Pierre Boulez, Grace Hoffman, Evelyn Lear, Stuart Burrows, Arthur Oldham - Das Klagende Lied (Album) CBS Inc., CBS Italy 1970 Sell This Version
S 72865, 72865 Pierre Boulez - Waldmärchen (Das Klagende Lied Part 1) / Adagio From Symphony No. 10 album art Mahler* - Pierre Boulez, Elisabeth Soederstroem*, Grace Hoffman, Ernst Haefliger, Gerd Nienstedt , The London Symphony Orchestra Chorus* , The London Symphony Orchestra* Mahler* - Pierre Boulez, Elisabeth Soederstroem*, Grace Hoffman, Ernst Haefliger, Gerd Nienstedt , The London Symphony Orchestra Chorus* , The London Symphony Orchestra* - Waldmärchen (Das Klagende Lied Part 1) / Adagio From Symphony No. 10(LP) CBS, CBS S 72865, 72865 UK 1970 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Lélio (The Return To Life) album art Hector Berlioz, Pierre Boulez, Jean-Louis Barrault, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, The London Symphony Orchestra Chorus*, John Alldis, The London Symphony Orchestra Hector Berlioz, Pierre Boulez, Jean-Louis Barrault, John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk, The London Symphony Orchestra Chorus*, John Alldis, The London Symphony Orchestra - Lélio (The Return To Life) (Album) Columbia Masterworks UK 1968 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Domaines album art Pierre Boulez Domaines (Album) Harmonia Mundi, Harmonia Mundi UK 1971 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Parsifal (Querschnitt) Bayreuth '70 album art Richard Wagner - Gwyneth Jones, Franz Crass, James King (3), Donald McIntyre, Karl Ridderbusch, Thomas Stewart (2), Chor* Und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez Richard Wagner - Gwyneth Jones, Franz Crass, James King (3), Donald McIntyre, Karl Ridderbusch, Thomas Stewart (2), Chor* Und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez - Parsifal (Querschnitt) Bayreuth '70 (Album) Deutsche Grammophon Germany 1971 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Boulez Conducts Debussy Vol. 3 (Printemps / Three Nocturnes / Clarinet Rhapsody) album art Boulez* Conducts Debussy* - Gervase de Peyer, The New Philharmonia Orchestra*, The John Alldis Choir* Boulez* Conducts Debussy* - Gervase de Peyer, The New Philharmonia Orchestra*, The John Alldis Choir* - Boulez Conducts Debussy Vol. 3 (Printemps / Three Nocturnes / Clarinet Rhapsody) (Album) Columbia Masterworks Canada 1971 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Symphonie Fantastique album art Boulez* Conducts Berlioz* / The London Symphony Orchestra Boulez* Conducts Berlioz* / The London Symphony Orchestra - Symphonie Fantastique (Album) Columbia Masterworks UK 1969 Sell This Version
Pierre Boulez - Daphnis & Chloé Suite #2 / Rapsodie Espagnole / Pavane For A Dead Princess / Alborada Del Gracioso album art Boulez* Conducts Ravel*, The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Margaret Hillis, The Cleveland Orchestra Boulez* Conducts Ravel*, The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Margaret Hillis, The Cleveland Orchestra - Daphnis & Chloé Suite #2 / Rapsodie Espagnole / Pavane For A Dead Princess / Alborada Del Gracioso (Album) Columbia Masterworks Canada 1971 Sell This Version
ORF 1002 Pierre Boulez - Das ORF-Symphonieorchester 1971 album art Das ORF-Symphonieorchester* - Franz Liszt / Giacomo Meyerbeer / Gottfried von Einem / Pierre Boulez Das ORF-Symphonieorchester* - Franz Liszt / Giacomo Meyerbeer / Gottfried von Einem / Pierre Boulez - Das ORF-Symphonieorchester 1971(LP) ORF ORF 1002 Austria 1971 Sell This Version