In his Notations, Pierre Boulez composed twelve short piano miniatures that contain a cosmos of sound and potentiality. After decades at the. I suspect, the problem is a matter of notation; partly of an untidy aleatoric pre- BOULEZ’S latest work, Notations for orchestra, was commissioned by the Orch-. According to Phillip Huscher, “Pierre Boulez composed the original Notations for piano in , when the twenty-year-old composer was still a.

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Like Stockhausen, Boulez revisited tone composition late in life with renewed fondness, simplicity and vigor, having made some ambivalent and characteristically polemicist comments about Schoenberg, Krenek and dodecaphony in general. Starting from the existing piano versions, Boulez created entirely new works that are much more than just orchestrations. It gives me great joy that whenever I conduct them, I find numerous new elements in every rehearsal.

Boulez suggested the order I, IV, III, II and durations are short — although not as brief as the piano originals Notation II is about two minutes, with the piano version around just 20 seconds in some renditions.

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VAT plus shipping costs. In there was nothing left, and everything had to be done At first we tried to avoid these concerns Notations I-IV Year of composition: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

I found the score looks more difficult than it is. I am convinced that every musician who understands that creativity in contemporary music demands a profound debate, recognises the necessity and urgency of this new repertoire.


With their generous beauty and richness of innovative refinements realised with a nonchalance and airy technical virtuosity, the Notations pour orchestre are the best way into the creative universe of the mature Pierre Boulez.

They originated as piano pieces in when Boulez was just 20 years old. Providing engaging and useful boukez to the music and performing arts industries since For me this masterpiece is one of the indispensable future pillars of a new repertoire for the orchestra of the 21st century. Remember Me Lost Password Register. Premiered inthey were published almost 40 years later, after he had made orchestral versions they are much more than arrangements of the first four pieces. Extra tips and information are given throughout.

Here, clarity and balance in descriptions of method, technique and serialism show great attention to detail.


Notations I—IV pour orchestre Remarks: Between thirty and fifty years later Boulez rewrote them as orchestral works. I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. For me, it is fascinating to see how Goulez, as he interpreted his own work over the years, extended the contrast in the tempo relationships as he got older.

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An appendix lists brief reading recommendations, author information, three related recordings and acknowledgements, with 41 footnotes creating a quasi-bibliography. Aphoristic brevity, unmistakeable expressionist sonic intensity and rigorous serial procedure in the compositional technique are the defining characteristics of the Douze Notations for piano.


Pierre Boulez Instrumentation details: Acting like a highly sophisticated pre-concert illustrated lecture, ideas abound: You could almost say that the formal developments in these works follow an intricately detailed plan, while, at the same time liberating themselves and giving the music a logical flow — the great freedom in the breathing and phrasing in this music along with quite precise indications.


After a while we realised that it was not enough and that we had to look for something more, beyond the precise codification of language. Punti di Riferimento, Ed. The book itself provides long and short focus.

Giulio Einaudi, Turin All you need is a good orchestra and a good conductor. These works now give us a rare insight into the composer’s particularly long developmental process.

They are the aesthetic manifesto of the young Pierre Boulez, as well as the debut work of an ingenious composer. At 72 pages of parallel German-English text, the price may seem high for effectively half a slim book but — with links to images, score extracts, timelines, diagrams, audio, visual and supplementary information on the Universal Edition web site, this package in fact oozes value.

They are also sonic witnesses to their times. The orchestral score offers a third dimension of depths and layers to the vertical and horizontal structures of the original; one listens from within.