German audio interview with Pierre Boulez
- I have this crazy idea (and it's really quite strange) that we should
put together a Braxton package for Pierre Boulez with books, scores and
records, send it to IRCAM, hope that it reaches him and that his
interest is piqued :-)
Here's the link to Deutschlandfunk's German audio interview with Boulez
(ca. 5.5 MB, 23 minutes)
Some of the things that Boulez talks about:
- The controversies regarding Christoph Schlingensief's Bayreuth
production of "Parsifal" and Patrice Chéreau's "Ring" from the 70s
(Boulez cannot understand the acrimony against these directors' work
with Wagner operas.)
- Boulez's time in England where he was organizing concerts to bring
conservative listeners and musicians in contact with Contemporary
- Boulez criticizes musicians who don't want to play contemporary works.
He mentions a famous (unnamed) recently deceased conductor whose
discography didn't have works even of Stravinsky and Bartok. Boulez
accuses him of leading a museum-like musical life. (It would be
interesting to know who this conductor is.)
- Rock music: Boulez said (not surprisingly) that he can't fathom how
vital and energetic people spend their time playing banal rock music.
- Boulez defends the aesthetic concept of complexity (that's neither
surprising) and he hates "dilettantism".
- He has an analytic approach to music making and thinks that a certain
degree of abstraction to understand music is always necessary.
- "Spontaneity comes through the mastering of structure."
- Boulez remembers that Conlan Nancarrow preferred his player piano and
didn't want to use IRCAM's computers.
- "Interpretation is very easy - composing is much more difficult."
- Currently Boulez works on "Anthèmes" for violin and orchestra.