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Stocktakings by Pierre Boulez
Book DescriptionPierre Boulez (born 1925) is a major figure in French musical life, being not only the leading French composer of his generation, but also an outstanding conductor. He is also a prolific writer on music, and this is a translation of his first collection of essays, published in France in 1966. In these essays Boulez worked out many of his most significant ideas about music, and he sets forth his views with characteristic intellectual vigour and acuity. The essays are divided into four parts, the first three concerned with a common preoccupation (aesthetic, technical, polemical), the last a collection of entries intended for a music encyclopaedia. Boulez writes mainly on the giants of twentieth-century music - Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Debussy, Messiaen, Ravel - and he offers penetrating and at times provocative analyses of some of their music and musical styles, such as neo-classicism and serialism. His illuminating comments arise from intimate knowledge of the music, and the resulting collection is an essential document of post-war modern music.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780193112100
(242mm x 165mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pierre Boulez
Boulez on Conducting, Hardback (October 2003)
As a composer and conductor, Pierre Boulez regularly appears with the greatest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world. In these conversations with Cecile Gilly, he recalls not only the great moments of his career, but brings penetrating insights into the art of conducting.
Orientations, Paperback (August 1998)
This volume contains a collection of writings by musician Pierre Boulez, who describes his own music and that of other composers, as well as the personalities and institutions with whom he has worked closely.
Conversations with Boulez, Hardback (December 1996)
Pierre Boulez has held conducting positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as the orchestra of Chicago, Cleveland and New York. These interviews give us his views, wit, wisdom and beliefs. Here the theoretician of serial music talks about his career.
Boulez-Cage Correspondence, Paperback (January 1995)» View all books by Pierre Boulez
A study of two of the greatest composers of the twentieth century through their correspondence, now available for the first time in English in a paperback edition.
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Author Biography - Pierre Boulez
Leading French composer and conductor and writer on music.
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