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Pierre Boulez at 90

As Pierre Boulez turns 90 this week Petroc Trelawny pays tribute to the French composer and conductor using archive material stretching almost five decades, as well as discussing his contribution with Paul Driver and Morag Grant.

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PIERRE BOULEZ AT 90

PIERRE BOULEZ AT 90

This week Music Matters celebrates the ninetieth birthday of Pierre Boulez – one of the most influential and important living musicians of our time. Leading composer of the pioneering avant-garde, conductor of brilliant precision and clarity and creator of institutions which have shaped modern music like IRCAM, the centre of electronic research in Paris and the performance group Ensemble Inter Contemporain - but also a thinker, visionary and controversial provocateur whose radical views still divide the music world today. With the use of nearly five decades of BBC archive material of Boulez himself, Petroc Trelawny traces his life and work, with the music critic Paul Driver and academic Morag Grant. We hear about Messiaen’s influence in Boulez’s early life and how African and Asian music changed his perception of time in the mid-1940s; how he took up the baton, why he can’t relate to the music of Shostakovich and Britten and why conducting Mahler needs more than just sentimentality. We also hear his views down the years on the orchestra, on technology and music, and emotion and intellectual content in contemporary music.

More information: BBC Symphony Orchestra - Total Immersion: Boulez at 90 - Saturday 21st March 

Live in Concert: BBC Symphony Orchestra play orchestral works by Boulez - 7.30pm - Saturday 21st March 

Hear and Now: BBC SO and Guildhall New Music Ensemble in music by Boulez - 10.00pm - Saturday 21st March

BBC Performing Groups: Chamber music by Boulez plus Le Marteau sans maître - 11.30pm - Sunday 22nd March   


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Role Contributor
Presenter Petroc Trelawny
Interviewed Guest Paul Driver
Interviewed Guest Morag Grant

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