Pierre Boulez is arguably the most influential composer of the second half of the twentieth century. Here, Jonathan Goldman provides a fresh appraisal of the composer's music, demonstrating how understanding the evolution of Boulez's ideas on musical form is an important step towards evaluating his musical thought generally. The theme of form arising from a grammar of oppositions - the legacy of structuralism - serves as a common thread in Boulez's output, and testifies to the constancy of Boulez's thought over and above his several notable aesthetic and stylistic changes. This book lends a voice to the musical works by using the writings - particularly the mostly untranslated collected College de France lectures (1976-95) - to comment on them. It also uses five musical works from the post-1975 period to exemplify concepts developed in Boulez's writings, presenting a vivid portrait of Boulez's extremely varied production.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 16 mm
'The Musical Language of Pierre Boulez ... is chock-full of examples ... There are also necessarily ample quotations from Boulez'[s] writings. It's produced to Cambridge University Press's usual high standards and can be recommended for anyone even vaguely interested in modern music ... The job Goldman sets out to do he succeeds at credibly and impressively.' Mark Sealey, Classical Net (classical.net)
"The Musical Language of Pierre Boulez: Writings and Compositions is chock-full of examples, musical examples but nearly as many tables illustrating Boulez analytical approach to how music works. There are also necessarily ample quotations from Boulez' writings. It's produced to CUP's usual high standards and can be recommended for anyone even vaguely interested in modern music. Yes, it relies on a technical dissection of actual music. Yes, it presupposes some understanding of why the issues discussed are important. The job Goldman sets out to do he succeeds at credibly and impressively." -Classical Net, Mark Sealey