Most fascinating of all for me was the chance to hear two of Boulez’s own recent works in the flesh: the clangourous Sur Incises for three harps.

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Having started the composition I realised that this disposition does not make any sense in a piece for three pianos because, wanting to be consistent, I would have had to create a part for first harp and first percussion incisess was not feasible.

I did not choose nine instruments on purpose. By clicking bkulez an affiliate link, you accept that Skimlinks cookies will be set. Order by newest oldest recommendations. VAT plus shipping costs. A packed Festival Hall gave Boulez a rock-star reception after the music’s coda.

But the character of this terrific movement is kept throughout. And I have added various forms of multiplication to this very brilliant cadence, from simple to sixfold and multiple reflections resulting in a cadence which is no longer wild as in Incises, but calm and breathing regularly, due to these diverse figures appearing in simple to complex modifications.

In what respect do sur Incises and Incises differ since their congruence is so obvious? This is the reason why I ended up with three pianos – incidentally three pianists are part of our ensemble. Compositions by Pierre Boulez 20th-century classical music Serial compositions Music dedicated to Paul Sacher Classical composition stubs.

Boulez wrote Sur Incises a few years later and dedicated it to Paul Sacher on his 90th birthday. It’s as if Debussy were to take a single gesture from La Mer and magnify it until it filled 45 minutes. When the performance ended Retrieved from ” https: Monday and Tuesday brought the complete Schumann symphonies in visceral, illuminating performances from Simon Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenmentconcerts that made me feel that Schumann is the most underrated symphonist of the 19th century: Next work Tombeau Pierre Boulez Tombeau.


Later it came into my mind that this constellation could have been invented by Elliott Carter providing the following theoretical order: As if that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday and Thursday there was a mini-residency from the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez in two centenary concerts for Olivier Messiaen and Elliott Carter.

Just like the fish, you’re trapped by the music’s centripetal focus on a single guiding harmony, which you can only escape when the music stops. Of the two works, Allan Kozinn preferred Inciseswriting: The question is what does that mean?

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But as I have already mentioned I realised this Carteresque dimension only afterwards. Boulez’s wildly colorful, almost crazed and uncompromisingly difficult music. Show 25 25 50 All.

Here the sounds of the piano in Incises are broken into component parts played by the harps and percussion, and they boulfz deployed across space by spreading the three groups apart in the performance area.

All of the music you hear in it is based on a single chord derived — see what I’ve done there?

Most fascinating of all for me was the chance to hear two of Boulez’s own recent works in the flesh: But you find also moments when this role play is divided up, bboulez as that one piano and one percussionist play the free structures whereas the other pianos and percussionists have to follow the strict ostinato movement etc.

The sheer riot of color is engrossing. Topics Music Tom Service on classical music. The links are powered by Skimlinks.

Another reason is that I did not want to compose a piece for all families of instruments like in Eclat. List of compositions by Pierre Boulez Category: First I had in mind to transform this piece into a longer one for Pollini and a group of instrumentalists, a kind of piano concerto although without reference to the traditional form.

Consequently my starting point was three pianos, three harps, three percussionists; also three times three which is nine. Remember those bait balls of sardines and assorted small fish species in The Blue Planet?


Why Boulez is like a bait ball

Sur Incises, which Boulez completed for the moment at any rate inhas a glittering soundworld that morphs from percussive work-out to a soft-focused stasis on his favourite, radiant harmonies. Service described a performance: Because this sound belongs to all families and to none at the same time. Reviewing of a performance of IncisesTim Page described it: Incises “Interpolations” for solo piano was composed in as a test piece for the Umberto Micheli Piano Competition, where it was first performed on 21 October Baden-Baden, 18 September Translation: The pianos therefore obviously represent the principal instruments.

This kind of reworking of an earlier piece is characteristic of Boulez, the first instance being Structures. You’d better hope you like the kaleidoscope for a kick-off; but if you do, there’s a seductive, hypnotic quality to the music that is a million miles from the aggressive iconoclasm of Boulez’s earliest music. The piece lasts about forty minutes. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.

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This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through uncises makes a purchase. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. Now sur Incises originates from this piece and goes beyond the scope of pure piano sound. And I composed this piece for the 90th birthday of Paul Sacher although this, you have to believe me he laughs is pure coincidence.

Unexpectedly, this has led to a very long piece. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.