About this event
After Beethoven’s Quintet for piano and winds, written soon after his arrival in Vienna, François-Xavier Roth directs Pierre Boulez's breakthrough piece, Le marteau sans maître (‘The Hammer without a Master’), arguably the single most influential composition of the 1950s. By interlocking settings of three poems by the Surrealist poet René Char with commentaries from specific sub-groups of its ensemble, Boulez established a new kind of rapport between text and music through unsuspected continuities of timbre – a labyrinth of exotic sound at once tightly organised and delirious.
There will be no interval
Unfortunately Pierre Boulez has had to withdraw from this Prom. We are grateful to François-Xavier Roth for appearing in his place.