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Pierre Boulez

After initially studying mathematics, Boulez entered the Paris Conservatoire as a student in theory and harmony (he failed the pianists' entrance examination). His principal teacher was Messiaen, and he also studied counterpoint privately with Andrée Vaurabourg. According to Boulez, composition was a form of aesthetic research and should be pursued logically. He viewed personal stylistic development as having no importance and deemed atonality as necessary. He adopted 12-tone serialism after being exposed to it by René Leibowitz, a student of Schoenberg. In Structures for two pianos (1952), Boulez utilized a serial control of rhythm, dynamics, and tone. These works brought him initial public recognition, but it was his Le Marteau Sans Maître (1954) that was to become a landmark of 20th century music. Scored for small ensemble, it is rhythmically monotonous with sudden tempo changes and large sections of improvisatory melodies. The success of these pieces led to an invitation to teach at Darmstadt, as a professor of composition. It was here that he gave a series of lectures that was to become the book Musikdenken Heute, an outline of his ideas concerning total serialization. At this time Boulez was expanding his serial techniques to include open form, or "organized delirium." He also developed techniques that allowed performer and conductor to make many more creative choices in form and tonal duration. Boulez was also an active conductor, his performances marked by analytical clarity. He served as head conductor for the BBC Symphony in London and the New York Philharmonic. ~ Lynn Vought
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Boulez Conducts Stravinsky

Title: Scherzo Fantastique, For Orchestra, Op. 3

1. Scherzo Fantastique, For Orchestra, Op. 3: Scherzo Fantastique

Title: King Of The Stars (Zvezdoliki), Cantata For Male Chorus & Orchestra

2. King Of The Stars (Zvezdoliki), Cantata For Male Chorus & Orchestra: Le Roi Des Etoiles (Zvezdolikiy)

Title: Chant Du Rossignol (The Song Of The Nightingale), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra

3. Chant Du Rossignol (The Song Of The Nightingale), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra: I. Presto - Andantino - Tempo I

4. Chant Du Rossignol (The Song Of The Nightingale), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra: II. Marche Chinoise

5. Chant Du Rossignol (The Song Of The Nightingale), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra: III. Chant Du Rossignol

6. Chant Du Rossignol (The Song Of The Nightingale), Symphonic Poem For Orchestra: IV. Jeu Du Rossignol Mecanique

Title: L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments

7. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: I. Marche Du Soldat

8. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: II. Musique Pour Scène 1

9. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: III. Musique Pour Scène 2

10. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: IV. Marche Royale

11. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: V. Petit Concert

12. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: VI. Tango - Waltz - Ragtime

13. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: VII. Danse Du Diable

14. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: VIII. Chorale

15. L'histoire Du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), Concert Suite For 7 Instruments: IX. Marche Triomphale Du Diable

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Track List: Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19 (Sz73) / Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12 (Sz51) / 3 Village Scenes, (Sz 79)

Title: 4 Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12
Title: Falun, Village Scenes (3) (Tri Dedinské Scény), For Female Chorus & Chamber Orchestra, Sz. 79, Bb 87b
Title: The Miraculous Mandarin, Pantomime In 1 Act, Sz. 73, Bb 82 (Op. 19)
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Track List: Complete Webern

Disc 1
Composer: Anton Webern
Title: Passacaglia For Orchestra, Op. 1
Title: Movements (5), Version For String Orchestra, Op. 5
Title: Pieces (6) For Orchestra, Op. 6
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), For Keyboard And Chamber Instruments, Bwv 1079
Composer: Anton Webern
Title: German Dances (6) For Orchestra (Arr. From Schubert)
Title: Im Sommerwind, Idyll For Orchestra
Disc 2
Title: Pieces (5) For Orchestra, Op. Posth.
Title: Songs (3) For Soprano & Orchestra
Title: Symphony, Op. 21
Title: Das Augenlicht, For Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 26
Title: Cantata No. 1 For Soprano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 29
Title: Variations For Orchestra, Op. 30
Title: Cantata No. 2 For Soprano, Bass, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 31
Disc 3
Title: Piano Quintet (Mässig)
Title: Entflieht Auf Leichten Kähnen, For Chorus, Op. 2
Title: Songs (2) For Soprano & Ensemble, Op. 8
Title: Pieces (5) For Orchestra, Op. 10
Title: Songs (4) For Soprano & Orchestra (Or Piano), Op. 13
Title: Songs (6) For Soprano & Ensemble, Op. 14
Title: Sacred Songs (5) For Soprano & Ensemble, Op. 15
Title: Canons (5) On Latin Texts For Voice, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet, Op. 16
Title: Traditional Rhymes (3) For Soprano & Ensemble, Op. 17
Title: Songs (3) For Soprano, E Flat Clarinet & Guitar, Op. 18
Title: Songs (2) For Chorus, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Celesta, Guitar & Violin, Op. 19
Title: Quartet For Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano & Violin, Op. 22
Title: Concerto For 9 Instruments, Op. 24
Disc 4
Title: Poems (3) For Voice & Piano
Title: Early Songs (8) For Voice & Piano
Title: Songs After Avenarius (3) For Voice & Piano
Title: Songs (5) After Dehmel, For Voice & Piano
Title: Songs (5) From Der Siebente Ring, For Voice & Piano, Op. 3
Title: Lieder (5) Nach Gedichten Von Stefan George, Op. 4
Title: Songs (4) After Stefan George For Voice & Piano
Title: Songs (4) For Voice & Piano, Op. 12
Title: Songs (3) From "Viae Inviae" For Voice & Piano, Op. 23
Title: Songs (3) For Voice & Piano, Op. 25
Disc 5
Title: Slow Movement (Langsam, Mit Bewegtem Ausdruck), For String Quartet
Title: Movements (5) For String Quartet, Op. 5
Title: String Quartet (1905)
Title: Bagatelles (6) For String Quartet, Op. 9
Title: Rondo For String Quartet
Title: Movement For String Trio, Op. Posth
Title: Pieces (3) For String Quartet
Title: String Trio, Op. 20
Title: String Quartet, Op. 28
Disc 6
Title: Pieces (2) For Cello & Piano
Title: Movement For Piano
Title: Sonatasatz (Sonata Movement), For Piano
Title: Pieces (4) For Violin & Piano, Op. 7
Title: Little Pieces (3) For Cello & Piano, Op. 11
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano
Title: Kinderstück For Piano, Op. Posth.
Title: Variations For Piano, Op. 27
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Track List: Pierre Boulez ~ Schoenberg · Berio · Carter · Kurtág · Xenakis

Disc 1
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Title: Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5
Title: Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31
Disc 2
Composer: Luciano Berio
Title: Sinfonia, for 8 amplified voices & orchestra
Title: Eindrücke, for orchestra
Disc 3
Composer: Elliott Carter
Title: Oboe Concerto
Title: Esprit Rude / Esprit Doux, For Flute & Clarinet
Title: A Mirror On Which To Dwell, For Soprano & Chamber Orchestra
Title: Penthode, For 5 Groups Of 4 Instruments
Disc 4
Composer: György Kurtág
Title: Messages Of The Late R. V. Troussova, 21 Poems By Rimma Dalos For Soprano & Chamber Ensemble, Op 17
Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Title: . . . Agm. . ., For 16 Voices & 3 Instrumental Groups
Composer: Gerard Grisey
Title: Modulations For 33 Musicians
Disc 5
Composer: Iannis Xenakis
Title: Jalons, For 15 Musicians
Composer: Hugues Dufourt
Title: Antiphysis
Composer: Brian Ferneyhough
Title: Funérailles (Version 1) For String Sextet, Double Bass, And Harp
Title: Funérailles (Version 2) For Seven Strings And Harp
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Track List: Ravel: Sheherazade / Le Tombeau De Couperin; Debussy: Ballades De Villon

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Shéhérazade, Poems (3) For Soprano (Or Tenor) & Orchestra (Or Piano)
Title: Le Tombeau De Couperin, For Orchestra
Title: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Menuet Antique, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Danses Sacrée Et Profane, For Chromatic Harp & String Orchestra, L. 103
Title: Le Jet D'eau ("Tes Beaux Yeux Sont Las, Pauvre Amants"), Song For Voice & Piano, L. 64/3
Title: Ballades De François Villon (3), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra), L.119
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Track List: Schoenberg - Pierrot lunaire ~ Herzgewächse ~ Ode to Napoleon / Schäfer, Pittman-Jennings, Ensemble InterContempolain, Boulez

Title: Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21

1. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: I. Mondestrucken

2. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: II. Colombine

3. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: III. Der Dandy

4. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: IV. Eine Blasse Wäscherin

5. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: V. Valse De Chopin

6. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VI. Madonna

7. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VII. Der Kranke Mond

8. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VIII. Nacht

9. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: IX. Gebet an Pierrot

10. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: X. Raub

11. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XI. Rote Messe

12. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XII. Galgenlied

13. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XIII. Enthauptung

14. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XIV. Die Kreuze

15. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XV. Heimweh

16. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XVI. Gemeinheit!

17. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XVII. Parodie

18. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XVIII. Der Mondfleck

19. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XIX. Serenade

20. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XX. Heimfahrt

21. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XXI. O Alter Duft

Title: Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20

22. Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20: Herzgewasche

Title: Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41

23. Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41: Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte

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