Répons is perhaps Boulez’s single greatest achievement, and the work that most happily marries his natural gifts with his constant desire to blaze new musical. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Boulez: Répons; Dialogue de l’ombre double – Pierre Boulez, Ensemble InterContemporain. 20/21 Boulez: Répons, Etc / Boulez, Intercontempo by Boulez, Pierre on CD. Order from your preferred classical music CD store – ArkivMusic. Great prices.

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When I listen to music, I like to listen to it, not analyze it. Some composers, however, beg you to do both.

I’ve always felt that music should be an end in itself, that structure, instrumentation, style, performance devices, and the like should only be looked at after the fact to demonstrate why a piece is successful or not.

But Boulez is one of those who prompt a different listening approach, a different response, and I’m not sure whether that’s a strength of his or a weakness. He is also involved in making technology an repins part of music.


Arguably all composers have done that in one way or another, but Boulez in particular has devoted years to seeking a more harmonious and natural relationship between electronics and instrumental performance. He also treats most of his other works as “works in progress. For those who haven’t heard it or are unfamiliar with Boulez ‘s style, it might be described as a kind of extension of what Stravinsky might have composed had his time come later, and had he been genuinely attracted to atonal music, not just dutifully attracted as he was in the boulea when he wasted his time on serial music.

Répons – Wikipedia

Then, too, there is a typically understated French quality to Boulez ‘s music — almost a sort of Impressionism. The notes mention the relationship between the ” The performance by the Ensemble InterContemporain is excellent. In the other work, Dialogue de l’ombre doubleI find Boulez perhaps even more compelling.

The music is less complex and the invention just as bboulez.


The work was inspired by Paul Claudel ‘s play Le Soulier de satin, and Boulez ‘s title refers to “the double shadow. By the way, the clarinet playing of Alain Damiens is splendid in every respect. The notes by Andrew Gerzso are excellent and the sound by DG is superb.

Paris’s Philharmonie celebrates Boulez in outstanding style

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