Dialogues with Boulez

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Scarecrow Press, 2001 - Music - 109 pages
"In these fascinating dialogues, Pierre Boulez speaks a lot about developments and trajectories, and what he says helps us understand the course his creative life has taken.. " This series of conversations between Rocco Di Pietro, who in the preface describes himself as a "failed composer," and Boulez himself, the mature composer and renowned conductor, presents the reader with challenging questions about composition and imagination, classical and modernist traditions, and how the arts communicate with the individual.
Boulez describes the dichotomy in himself between the composer and the performer - as a composer he is adventurous, always seeking new discoveries and finding the right trajectory for his art. As a performer he maintains a distance from the piece, even when it is his own, preferring to view objectively all the elements of the performance. From Bach and Mahler to Schoenberg and Maderna, Boulez relates the form and content of music to the world of poetry, art, and philosophy. Readers will find themselves drawn into these dialogues, fascinated as much by Boulez's organic concept of the creative world as by his outspoken opinions of its other denizens.
 

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Contents

COMPOSITION AND IMAGINATION
1
HISTORY AND ROOTS
16
CAGE AND CHANCE
27
STOCKHAUSEN AND ZAPPA
34
LISTENING AND THE OTHER
43
ARTISTS WRITERS AND OPERA
51
TEACHING
61
THE NEW BOULEZ RECENT WORKS WITH COMPUTERS
67
YOUTH COMMUNICATION AND FAME
80
MODERNISMPOSTMODERNISM
86
SUMMATION QUESTION
97
BIBLIOGRAPHY
101
INDEX
105
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
111
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About the author (2001)

\Rocco Di Pietro has worked as composer-pianist, essayist, educator, and habilitationist. He has recently completed his theatrical cycle Prison Dirges, including The Normal Exception, written for the Kronos Quartet.

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