The Bibliothèque nationale de France has announced that it has received the bulk of the physical legacy of the late Pierre Boulez. It amounts to 220 metres of books, 50 metres of archives and correspondence, as well as scores, photographs, recordings and about 100 other objects. In a separate transaction, the Bib Nat has acquired from the Boulez […]
Nope. She won't sing the role because she doesn't want to get typecast in it - "It would drive me nuts." But it is true, as she tells David Patrick Stearns, that she hums Pierre Boulez to herself.
Boulez's goal for the French Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique "was not to replace instrumental with electronic music, but to work so that the two would mingle and, in Boulez’s words, 'live together like cotton and rayon.'"
The French culture minister Françoise Nyssen has named a new chief executive for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, succeeding Hervé Boutry whom Pierre Boulez appointed in 1995. The new chief is Olivier Leymarie, an all-purpose kind of administrator who presently runs the Erda accentus chamber choir and is joint head of production at the Cité de la Musique and the […]
NEW YORK – On October 6 & 7, 2017, Park Avenue Armory presented Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, in Répons, a major work by the recently deceased French composer Pierre Boulez. It was the first time that the composition has been heard in New York since one of its early incarnations in the 1980s […]
Technology, constantly new and immediately old, can be unkind to its artistic pioneers. In the early 1980s, when Pierre Boulez composed the first iteration of his electronic manifesto Répons, the idea that you could touch a single key on a piano and trigger a flourish of bleeps seemed like wizardry. ... More »
Pierre Boulez's Répons at the Park Avenue Armory, with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Audi and Urs Schönebaum providing luminous atmosphere, is a fairly awesome thing. See it if you can: there is one more performance tomorrow...
On 07 May 2007 the air inside Theater an der Wien crackled with anticipation before the premiere of Leos Janácek’s Z mrtvého domu (From the House of the Dead) in a production by Patrice Chéreau conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Le Monde reports the death yesterday of Pierre Henri, inventor of musique concrète and the most important French modernist after Pierre Boulez. Working in 1950 with Pierre Schaeffer, Henri composed a Symphonie pour un homme seul, followed by several works of electronic abstraction. In 1958 he founded his own studio. His works achieved wide currency through […]
William Robin traces the history of Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3, from its unhappy premiere at a French avant-garde festival 40 years ago (allegedly, Pierre Boulez shouted "Merde!), through the release, 25 years ago, of the surprise hit recording by conductor David Zinman and soprano Dawn Upshaw, to the major labels' attempts to repeat the […]
He’ll incorporate it in his Said Academy, he says, making the Pierre Boulez Saal the most important venue for Arabic music in Europe. Report here.
His Baden-Baden house has been on sale since the start of the year for 2.8 million Euros. There have been no takers as yet. Now local activists are trying to get the two national governments to buy the house and turn it into a model of progressive Franco-German cooperation. Read here.
Analysis by John Borstlap: On April 27, the French Radio Orchestra presented a concert entirely dedicated to a French composer who began his career within the established modernism, where Pierre Boulez was arbiter of taste and executive of a ‘party line’. Bacri’s first works were modernist, dense in ideas, and filled to the brim with […]
The Konzerthaus in Vienna is putting on an exhibition of Marion Kalter’s photographs of Boulez to accompany a major retrospective of his music this month. photo (c) Marion Kalter/Lebrecht Music&Arts He’s having a crafty read in rehearsal. It looks like a tabloid newspaper and he’s well into the sports section.
The Pierre Boulez Hall and adjacent Barenboim-Said Academy shine a spotlight on musicians from across the Middle East.
After a four-year building programme that has gone entirely according to plan, Berlin?s new Pierre Boulez Hall opened with a gala concert under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. As honorary guest, German President Joachim Gauck attended the opening concert on 4 March. Show More Summary
Mark Swed reviews the sound of the new hall, and Christopher Hawthorne takes on the architecture (read that story here). Swed calls it the "graceful, airy, idealistic Pierre Boulez Saal, which opened here Saturday night. Rather than stand tall, it stands for something."
It’s on Saturday evening and Arte are streaming the concert live. Click here. Programme: Pierre Boulez: Initiale Franz Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D 965 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierquartett Es-Dur KV 493 Alban Berg: Kammerkonzert für Klavier und Geige mit 13 Bläsern Jörg Widmann: Fantasie für Klarinette solo Pierre Boulez: sur Incises
Pierre Boulez must not have gotten the memo about a work of art never being finished, merely abandoned. Boulez, who died last year at age 90, had the hardest time letting go of his works. Take “Livre Pour Quatuor,” Révisé (“Book for Quartet,” Revised), his only string quartet, which took 64 years...
The 2017 prize, worth 20,000 Euros, goes to the Montreal-born composer Samy Moussa. Based in Paris and Berlin, Moussa, 32, was among the last proteges of Pierre Boulez. Past winners include Olga Neuwirth (1999), Matthias Pintscher (2000), Thomas Adès (2001), Jörg Widmann (2002), Lera Auerbach (2005) and Anna Clyne (2016).