Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Pierre Boulez (1925-)
The aim of music is not to express feelings but to express music. It is not a vessel into which the composer distills his soul drop by drop, but a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal.
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Pierre Boulez studied under Olivier Messiaen's at the Paris Conservatory. He began to conduct in 1950 becoming chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1971-74) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1971-78). His more important orchestral works include his Domaines for clarinet and 21 instruments and his Rituel (in memoriam Bruno Maderna) for orchestra.