The work explores many of the different aspects of musical composition and thought, from the mixture of tempo extremes in the first movement to the toccata in number 6 and groups of ostinato spread throughout. The work for piano is created by twelve miniatures, or movements, for piano, leaving the entire duration of the work at around ten to eleven minutes. Boulez himself must have thought the music in Notations for piano was substantial, even in its small scale. Movements five and nine were later used as interludes in the first Improvisation sur Mallarme. Still later, Boulez took the entire work and reworked both the music itself and the orchestration to create Notations for large orchestra.
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License for scenic performances incl. They are also sonic witnesses to their times. They originated as piano pieces in when Boulez was just 20 years old. Between thirty and fifty years later Boulez rewrote them as orchestral works. Starting from the existing piano versions, Boulez created entirely new works that are much more than just orchestrations. The orchestral score offers a third dimension of depths and layers to the vertical and horizontal structures of the original; one listens from within.
I found the score looks more difficult than it is. If you play everything the way it is written, the piece sounds wonderful, massive. All you need is a good orchestra and a good conductor. Ideal sequence of movements: 1, 7, 4, 3, 2. The aesthetic proximity between Boulez and Ravel is palpable. 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.
The sound world of the Notations is fascinating and has left its mark on generations of young composers who write for large orchestra. For me, it is fascinating to see how Boulez, as he interpreted his own work over the years, extended the contrast in the tempo relationships as he got older. The slower parts increasingly resonate with more time and space while the scherzo-like movements gain pace and pressure.
In my opinion, they are just as important to the modern symphony orchestra as The Rite of Spring or La Mer. It gives me great joy that whenever I conduct them, I find numerous new elements in every rehearsal. In there was nothing left, and everything had to be done What we discovered 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.
At first we tried to avoid these concerns They are the aesthetic manifesto of the young Pierre Boulez, as well as the debut work of an ingenious composer. With intelligence and self-assurance, the composer gives expression to the belief that serialism is the only possible area for the revival of postwar European musical culture, combined with the revolutionary liberation of musical metre as demonstrated by Stravinsky through the overpowering radicalism of his Le Sacre.
The fact that Boulez felt the necessity to return to the Douze Notations for a creative re-examination more than three decades after their composition — decades during which Boulez established himself not only as a performer of 20th century repertoire, but also as a pioneer of New Music, thanks to his tireless and lively polemics — shows how important those first steps were, and how fresh they still are in the compositional concerns of their creator.
The orchestration of piano pieces may call to mind a certain French compositional practice with Maurice Ravel as a good example, but this is where the similarity ends. Here we are dealing with something fundamentally different: the fact that a composer at the height of his creative maturity is capable of revisiting his debut work so as to create a completely new, impressively stylistic lecture intended for an orchestra of Mahlerian proportions.
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. For me this masterpiece is one of the indispensable future pillars of a new repertoire for the orchestra of the 21st century.
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. From: Punti di Riferimento, Ed. Giulio Einaudi, Turin Expand.
License for scenic performances incl. They are also sonic witnesses to their times. They originated as piano pieces in when Boulez was just 20 years old. Between thirty and fifty years later Boulez rewrote them as orchestral works. Starting from the existing piano versions, Boulez created entirely new works that are much more than just orchestrations.
List of compositions by Pierre Boulez
The family prospered, moving in from the apartment above a pharmacy, where Boulez was born, to a comfortable detached house, where he spent most of his childhood. By the age of eighteen he had repudiated Catholicism  although later in life he described himself as an agnostic. His father hoped this would lead to a career in engineering. The selection board rejected him but Boulez was determined to pursue a career in music. He greatly enjoyed working with her and she remembered him as an exceptional student, using his exercises as models in advanced counterpoint until the end of her teaching career. Its strict use of twelve-tone technique was a revelation to him and he organised a group of fellow students to take private lessons with Leibowitz. It was here that he also discovered the music of Webern.
Pierre Boulez: 12 Notations
A guide to Pierre Boulez's music