Pierre Boulez
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1925-03-26
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An industrialist's son, Boulez was born in Montbrison, near Lyons, in 1925. At 17 he went to Paris to pursue his musical ambitions, studying with Olivier Messiaen and René Leibowitz. The former opened his mind to rhythmic irregularity, to sonic ...

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An industrialist's son, Boulez was born in Montbrison, near Lyons, in 1925. At 17 he went to Paris to pursue his musical ambitions, studying with Olivier Messiaen and René Leibowitz. The former opened his mind to rhythmic irregularity, to sonic dazzle, and to Asian and African cultures. From the latter, Schoenberg's chief apostle in Paris, he gained the passionate conviction that the future lay with serialism.

In 1945 he was taken on as music director of the theatre company run by Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud. His first acknowledged compositions date from the same year, introducing a voice in perpetual turmoil, influenced partly by the compressed rage and savagery he found in his favourite poets, Antonin Artaud and Rene Char. A Char sequence, Le marteau sans maitre (1952-54), crowned this period. At once explosive and calm, immediate and inscrutable, it made him the intellectual leader of a Europe-wide movement, a position he maintained through frequent articles, regular teaching at the Darmstadt summer school from 1955 to 1967, and, increasingly, conducting.

He became a conductor as head of the Domaine Musical, a Parisian concert series he founded in 1954, and whose innovative mixed programming (new music and 20th-century classics in the company of music from up to 500 years earlier) he took with him when he worked in the late 1950s with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and German radio orchestras. Finding it harder to satisfy himself creatively, he abandoned compositions or kept them as 'work in progress' (for example, the Third Piano Sonata and Pli selon pli for soprano and orchestra). Meanwhile, his conducting career took off. He gave his first concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1961, conducted Berg's Wozzeck at the Paris Opera in 1963, and made his British orchestral debut in 1964, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The combination of immense gifts with a vision for the musical future was irresistible, and he was appointed concurrently Principal Conductor of the BBC SO (1971-74) and Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (1971-77). He broadened his repertoire rapidly, but stayed committed to innovation. At the end of his New York stint he spent time founding and developing the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/ Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. He drastically scaled down his conducting and began learning the new language of computer music, which he displayed spectacularly in Répons (1980-84).

In the early 1990s he began to increase his conducting commitments again, and to re-record much of the repertoire closest to him (Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok, Webern, Ravel, Mahler). But he has also gone on composing, if slowly, his most recent works including further instalments of his Notations, in which he reconsiders for large orchestra, lavishly and gorgeously, some vivid ideas he set down as piano pieces when he was 20.

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Arnold Schoenberg, Pierre Boulez & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Verklarte Nacht Op.4, arr. for string orchestra
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Verklarte Nacht Op.4, arr. for string orchestra Verklarte Nacht Op.4, arr. for string orchestra Verklarte Nacht Op.4, arr. for string orchestra Verklarte Nacht Op.4, arr. for string orchestra
Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
The Rite of Spring; Pt 2; Sacrificial dance (The Chosen One)
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The Rite of Spring; Pt 2; Sacrificial dance (The Chosen One) The Rite of Spring; Pt 2; Sacrificial dance (The Chosen One) The Rite of Spring; Pt 2; Sacrificial dance (The Chosen One) The Rite of Spring; Pt 2; Sacrificial dance (The Chosen One)
Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Images pour orchestre
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Images pour orchestre Images pour orchestre Images pour orchestre Images pour orchestre
Pierre Boulez & Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Sonata No. 1 For Piano
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Sonata No. 1 For Piano Sonata No. 1 For Piano Sonata No. 1 For Piano Sonata No. 1 For Piano
Pierre Boulez & Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Piano Sonata no.1
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Piano Sonata no.1 Piano Sonata no.1 Piano Sonata no.1 Piano Sonata no.1
Maurice Ravel, Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Daphnis et Chloe - Pt.3; Lever du jour
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Daphnis et Chloe - Pt.3; Lever du jour Daphnis et Chloe - Pt.3; Lever du jour Daphnis et Chloe - Pt.3; Lever du jour Daphnis et Chloe - Pt.3; Lever du jour
Maurice Ravel, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Le Tombeau de Couperin for orchestra, no.1; Prelude
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Le Tombeau de Couperin for orchestra, no.1; Prelude Le Tombeau de Couperin for orchestra, no.1; Prelude Le Tombeau de Couperin for orchestra, no.1; Prelude Le Tombeau de Couperin for orchestra, no.1; Prelude
Béla Bartók, Pierre Boulez & Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
Four Orchestral Pieces, Op 12; No 1, Preludio
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Four Orchestral Pieces, Op 12; No 1, Preludio Four Orchestral Pieces, Op 12; No 1, Preludio Four Orchestral Pieces, Op 12; No 1, Preludio Four Orchestral Pieces, Op 12; No 1, Preludio
Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Nocturnes for orchestra, no.1; Nuages
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Nocturnes for orchestra, no.1; Nuages Nocturnes for orchestra, no.1; Nuages Nocturnes for orchestra, no.1; Nuages Nocturnes for orchestra, no.1; Nuages
Anton Webern, Berliner Philharmoniker & Pierre Boulez
Im Sommerwind
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Im Sommerwind Im Sommerwind Im Sommerwind Im Sommerwind
Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
La Mer - 3 symphonic sketches for orchestra, no.2; Jeux de vagues
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La Mer - 3 symphonic sketches for orchestra, no.2; Jeux de vagues La Mer - 3 symphonic sketches for orchestra, no.2; Jeux de vagues La Mer - 3 symphonic sketches for orchestra, no.2; Jeux de vagues La Mer - 3 symphonic sketches for orchestra, no.2; Jeux de vagues
Gustav Mahler, Pierre Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker, Violeta Urmana & Michael Schade
Das Lied von der Erde
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Das Lied von der Erde Das Lied von der Erde Das Lied von der Erde Das Lied von der Erde
Gustav Mahler, Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra & Magdalena Kožená
'Lob des hohen Verstandes', from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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'Lob des hohen Verstandes', from Des Knaben Wunderhorn 'Lob des hohen Verstandes', from Des Knaben Wunderhorn 'Lob des hohen Verstandes', from Des Knaben Wunderhorn 'Lob des hohen Verstandes', from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Pierre Boulez, Roy Amotz, Matthias Pintscher & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
...explosante-fixe...
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...explosante-fixe... ...explosante-fixe... ...explosante-fixe... ...explosante-fixe...
Berlin Philharmonic, Maurice Ravel & Pierre Boulez
Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra i. Feria
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Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra i. Feria Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra i. Feria Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra i. Feria Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra i. Feria
Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
The Rite of Spring; Pt 1, extract
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The Rite of Spring; Pt 1, extract The Rite of Spring; Pt 1, extract The Rite of Spring; Pt 1, extract The Rite of Spring; Pt 1, extract
Pierre Boulez, Pierre Boulez, Hilary Summers & Ensemble InterContemporain
Le Marteau sans maitre
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Le Marteau sans maitre Le Marteau sans maitre Le Marteau sans maitre Le Marteau sans maitre
Pierre Boulez, Kreiling, James & Griffiths, Rebecca
Sonatine for flute and piano
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Sonatine for flute and piano Sonatine for flute and piano Sonatine for flute and piano Sonatine for flute and piano
Pierre Boulez, David Corkhill, Rosie Bowker & Guildhall New Music Ensemble
Memoriale
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Memoriale Memoriale Memoriale Memoriale
Pierre Boulez, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Pablo Rus Broseta
Eclat Multiples
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Eclat Multiples Eclat Multiples Eclat Multiples Eclat Multiples
Pierre Boulez & Jean-Frédéric Neuburger
Piano Sonata No.2
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Piano Sonata No.2 Piano Sonata No.2 Piano Sonata No.2 Piano Sonata No.2
Pierre Boulez, David Corkhill & Guildhall New Music Ensemble
Derive 1
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Derive 1 Derive 1 Derive 1 Derive 1
Pierre Boulez
Pli selon pli
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Pli selon pli Pli selon pli Pli selon pli Pli selon pli
Pierre Boulez & Soares, Alexander
12 Notations
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12 Notations 12 Notations 12 Notations 12 Notations
Alban Berg, Pinchas Zukerman, Pierre Boulez & London Symphony Orchestra
Violin Concerto: i
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Violin Concerto: i Violin Concerto: i Violin Concerto: i Violin Concerto: i
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pierre Boulez, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Clifford Curzon
Concerto no. 26 in D major K.537 (Coronation) for piano and orchestra
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Concerto no. 26 in D major K.537 (Coronation) for piano and orchestra Concerto no. 26 in D major K.537 (Coronation) for piano and orchestra Concerto no. 26 in D major K.537 (Coronation) for piano and orchestra Concerto no. 26 in D major K.537 (Coronation) for piano and orchestra
Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez & Cleveland Orchestra
Rondes de Printemps (Images no.3)
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Rondes de Printemps (Images no.3) Rondes de Printemps (Images no.3) Rondes de Printemps (Images no.3) Rondes de Printemps (Images no.3)
Richard Wagner, Pierre Boulez & Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Die Walkure (Ride of the Valkyries)
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Die Walkure (Ride of the Valkyries) Die Walkure (Ride of the Valkyries) Die Walkure (Ride of the Valkyries) Die Walkure (Ride of the Valkyries)
Maurice Ravel, Berliner Philharmoniker & Pierre Boulez
Alborada del gracioso [no.4 of "Miroirs"] arr. for orchestra [orig. for piano]
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Alborada del gracioso [no.4 of "Miroirs"] arr. for orchestra [orig. for piano] Alborada del gracioso [no.4 of "Miroirs"] arr. for orchestra [orig. for piano] Alborada del gracioso [no.4 of "Miroirs"] arr. for orchestra [orig. for piano] Alborada del gracioso [no.4 of "Miroirs"] arr. for orchestra [orig. for piano]
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Maurice Ravel, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Miroirs for piano, no.2; Oiseaux tristes
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Miroirs for piano, no.2; Oiseaux tristes Miroirs for piano, no.2; Oiseaux tristes Miroirs for piano, no.2; Oiseaux tristes Miroirs for piano, no.2; Oiseaux tristes
Pierre Boulez, Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle
Boulez: Notations
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Boulez: Notations Boulez: Notations Boulez: Notations Boulez: Notations
Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Four Studies for Orchestra
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Four Studies for Orchestra Four Studies for Orchestra Four Studies for Orchestra Four Studies for Orchestra
Maurice Ravel, Krystian Zimerman, The Cleveland Orchestra & Pierre Boulez
Piano Concerto in G major: I. Allegramente
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Piano Concerto in G major: I. Allegramente Piano Concerto in G major: I. Allegramente Piano Concerto in G major: I. Allegramente Piano Concerto in G major: I. Allegramente
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Maurice Ravel, The Cleveland Orchestra & Pierre Boulez
Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major, 2nd movement; Adagio assai
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Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major, 2nd movement; Adagio assai Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major, 2nd movement; Adagio assai Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major, 2nd movement; Adagio assai Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major, 2nd movement; Adagio assai
Chicago Symphony Chorus, Béla Bartók, Chicago S O., Pierre Boulez, John Tomlinson & John Aler
Cantata profana Sz.94 for tenor, baritone, double chorus and orch.
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Cantata profana  Sz.94 for tenor, baritone, double chorus and orch. Cantata profana  Sz.94 for tenor, baritone, double chorus and orch. Cantata profana  Sz.94 for tenor, baritone, double chorus and orch. Cantata profana  Sz.94 for tenor, baritone, double chorus and orch.
Lisa Wellbaum, Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Danse sacree et Danse profane
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Danse sacree et Danse profane Danse sacree et Danse profane Danse sacree et Danse profane Danse sacree et Danse profane
Maurice Ravel, Berliner Philharmoniker & Pierre Boulez
Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra
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Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra Rapsodie espagnole vers. for orchestra
Pierre Boulez & Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado (conductor)
Modere – Fantasque (Notations I)
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Modere – Fantasque (Notations I) Modere – Fantasque (Notations I) Modere – Fantasque (Notations I) Modere – Fantasque (Notations I)

Modere – Fantasque (Notations I)

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Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado (conductor)
Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez, Gareth Morrell, Ladies of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus & The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Nocturnes for orchestra, no.3; Sirenes [with female chorus]
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Nocturnes for orchestra, no.3; Sirenes [with female chorus] Nocturnes for orchestra, no.3; Sirenes [with female chorus] Nocturnes for orchestra, no.3; Sirenes [with female chorus] Nocturnes for orchestra, no.3; Sirenes [with female chorus]

Nocturnes for orchestra, no.3; Sirenes [with female chorus]

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Ladies of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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Pierre Boulez, Gustav Mahler, Christian Gerhaher & The Cleveland Orchestra
Des Knaben Wunderhorn vers. for voi...;no. 6;Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
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Des Knaben Wunderhorn vers. for voi...;no. 6;Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt Des Knaben Wunderhorn vers. for voi...;no. 6;Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt Des Knaben Wunderhorn vers. for voi...;no. 6;Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt Des Knaben Wunderhorn vers. for voi...;no. 6;Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Gigues [1st movement of "Images"]
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Gigues [1st movement of "Images"] Gigues [1st movement of "Images"] Gigues [1st movement of "Images"] Gigues [1st movement of "Images"]
Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky & The Cleveland Orchestra
The Shrovetide Fair (Petrushka)
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The Shrovetide Fair (Petrushka) The Shrovetide Fair (Petrushka) The Shrovetide Fair (Petrushka) The Shrovetide Fair (Petrushka)
Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky & Ensemble InterContemporain
Suite No.2 for small orchestra
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Suite No.2 for small orchestra Suite No.2 for small orchestra Suite No.2 for small orchestra Suite No.2 for small orchestra
Claude Debussy, The Cleveland Orchestra & Pierre Boulez
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
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Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
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