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Collected Writings

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ISBN 9780674643765

Publication Date: 03/01/1990


541 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Collected here, in some 500 pages, is perhaps the most comprehensive and provocative statement of an aesthetic position mustered by a musician since Schoenberg.New Statesman

Boulez is one of the most controversial and enigmatic personalities on the contemporary music scene. He is also a wonderfully intelligent writer, as this important collection of essays amply demonstrates. The book is divided into three parts. ‘The Shaping Imagination’ deals with questions of aesthetics and includes cogent analyses of some of Boulez’s own music. ‘Exemplars’ contains short sketches on composers and their music that Boulez finds worthwhile—from Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique to the works of Messiaen. The short third section, ‘Looking Back,’ contains tributes and brief essays of a more general nature. Though much of the writing is technical, the lay reader will still derive great pleasure from Boulez’s lucid prose and articulate sentiments. Highly recommended.—Larry Lipkis, Moravian College, Library Journal

Boulez is (arguably) the laureate of post-war European contemporary music, and his public utterances are part of the permanent record of this era. Orientations…is thus de facto an indispensable text. Moreover, the organization of the volume carefully and admirably disentangles the various strands of Boulez’s exemplary career.College Music Symposium

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