Total Immersion: Boulez at 90


21 March 2015 / 19:30

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Pierre Boulez is undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s most innovative composers and Pli Selon Pli, literally translated as ‘fold by fold’, is widely regarded as Boulez’s seminal masterwork. His distinctive sound world is inspired here by the work of French poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Each setting uses intriguing and different instrumental forces in a feast of combinations: three harps, mandolin, guitar, saxophones and a large percussion section sit alongside more standard orchestral forces. 

To open this concert, the BBC SO perform the five miniatures that Boulez revisited in the 1970s and 80s to orchestrate for full orchestra. This affords the listener a thrilling insight into the compositional development of a true provocateur.

Join us as we celebrate the 90th birthday of this iconic composer, thinker, conductor, and cultural leader.

Programme and Performers

Pierre Boulez
Notations I-IV & VII
Pli selon pli

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Thierry Fischer

Please note that François-Xavier Roth is no longer able to conduct this concert. We are grateful to Thierry Fischer for stepping in.

Also in this series:
Sat 21 Mar - BBC SO Total Immersion Day
                    10.30am Film and Talk
                    1pm Concert
                    3pm Talk
                    5pm Guildhall New Music Ensemble
Thu 23 Apr - LSO / Peter Eötvös
Tue 28 Apr - Ensemble Intercontemporain

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This event is part of:
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–15
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–2015 Multibuy

Promoted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Part of BBC SO multibuy

French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni


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