But that epigram written on the manuscript shows that Boulez himself knew that he had found and sounded out a musical ne-plus-ultra in Structure 1A: never again would his music embrace such systematism and attempted egolessness. Each note has its own presence, its own quality of unpredictable resonance even if that aural result of total randomness is achieved through an almost aggressive pre-compositional control. Think of the notes as stars in the night sky, forming a cosmos of chaotic yet symbiotic connection. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that third-party cookies will be set.
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The first book of Structures was begun in early , as Boulez was completing his orchestral work Polyphonie X , and finished in It consists of three movements, or "chapters", labelled Ia , Ib , and Ic , composed in the order a , c , b. This was Boulez's first appearance in the UK as a performer Griffiths Structures I was the last and most successful of Boulez's works to use the technique of integral serialism Hopkins and Griffiths , wherein many parameters of a piece's construction are governed by serial principles, rather than only pitch.
Boulez devised scales of twelve dynamic levels though in a later revision of the score these reduced to ten— Ligeti , 40—41 , twelve durations, and—from the outset—ten modes of attack Ligeti , 43 , each to be used in a manner analogous to a twelve-tone row. The composer explains his purpose in this work:.
I wanted to eradicate from my vocabulary absolutely every trace of the conventional, whether it concerned figures and phrases, or development and form; I then wanted gradually, element after element, to win back the various stages of the compositional process, in such a manner that a perfectly new synthesis might arise, a synthesis that would not be corrupted from the very outset by foreign bodies—stylistic reminiscences in particular.
Boulez a , From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pierre Boulez. A Garland for Dr. Ainsi parla Zarathoustra. Categories : Compositions by Pierre Boulez compositions compositions 20th-century classical music Compositions for two pianos Serial compositions. Namespaces Article Talk.
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