Taka Kigawa in the video, Pierre Boulez on 12 Notations – Universal Edition. “Mr. Kigawa is always a poised guide through the most daunting. PDF | The douze notations for piano () by Pierre Boulez went through a life long reworking process. Especially the latest references of.

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They originated as piano pieces in when Boulez was just 20 years old. Between thirty and fifty years later Boulez rewrote doize as orchestral works. Starting from the existing piano versions, Boulez created entirely new works that are much more than just orchestrations. These works now give us a rare insight into the composer’s particularly long developmental process.

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.

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All you need is a good orchestra and a good conductor. Ideal sequence of movements: 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 boulezz 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 bboulez. In there was nothing left, and everything had to be done 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 Aphoristic brevity, unmistakeable expressionist sonic intensity and rigorous serial procedure in the compositional technique are the defining characteristics of the Douze Notations for piano.

They are the aesthetic manifesto of notationx 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 ntoations 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 vouze ends. Here we are dealing with something fundamentally different: 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.

Pierre Boulez: 12 Notations

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. Punti di Riferimento, Ed. Giulio Einaudi, Turin How long did it take you to compose the Notations? What was your boullez impulse? What influenced you when you wrote the orchestration? Find the answers to these questions and more in the video above. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.

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