Boulez on Conducting

Pierre Boulez
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Pierre Boulez is arguably the single most influential - and controversial - figure in the world of music today. As composer, conductor and personality, his challenging views are lent a special authority by his very high standing as an interpreter of great composers such as Wagner, Debussy, Bartók and Stravinsky. He regularly appears to great acclaim on concert platforms and in opera houses around the world.

In these unique conversations with Cécile Gilly, he recalls not only the great moments of his career, but brings penetrating insights into the art of conducting, including his views on other great composer-conductors (Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler, Strauss). Boulez speaks unusually frankly about his own rapport with conductors as a composer, and how he sees the role of the conductor today.

  • About Pierre Boulez

    Pierre Boulez (1925–2016) steered the course of post-war contemporary concert music. Not only was he one of the most gifted and ground-breaking composers of our times, but he conducted some of the world's greatest orchestras and founded some of our most enduring musical institutions. His provocative pronouncements made him a hotly discussed cultural figure not only in France but worldwide.

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  • Translated By: Richard Stokes

    Richard Stokes has published books on German, French and Spanish song, and his singing translations of Berg's Wozzeck and Lulu, and Wagner's Parsifal have met with critical acclaim. He collaborated with Alfred Brendel on his volume of poems, One Finger Too Many (Faber) and, more recently, The Veil of Order (Faber).

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