Three-quarter-length photograph of the distinguished French conductor and composer conducting an orchestra, signed "Boulez" in blue ink. Pierre BOULEZ.

Three-quarter-length photograph of the distinguished French conductor and composer conducting an orchestra, signed "Boulez" in blue ink.

Ca. 178 x 127 mm.

Very slightly creased at left edge.

"Resolute imagination, force of will and ruthless combativeness secured [Boulez], as a young man, a position at the head of the Parisian musical avant garde. His predecessors, in his view, had not been radical enough; music awaited a combination of serialism with the rhythmic irregularity opened up by Stravinsky and Messiaen. This call for a renewed modernism was widely heard and widely followed during the 1950s, but its appeal gradually weakened thereafter, and in the same measure his creativity waned. He began to be more active as a conductor, at first specializing in 20th-century music, but then, in the 1970s, covering a large and general repertory. Towards the end of that decade he turned his attention to an electro-acoustic music studio built for him in Paris, where he hoped to resume the effort to create a new musical language on a rational basis. After a brief hiatus, though, conducting became again his principal means of expressing his independence and clarity of vision." G.W. Hopkins and Paul Griffiths in Grove Music Online. Item #27014

Price: $150.00  other currencies

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