Pierre Boulez

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Pierre Boulez (IPA: /pjɛʁ.buˈlɛz/) (b. March 26 1925) is a French composer and conductor of contemporary classical music.

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  • [A]ny musician who has not experienced - I do not say understood, but truly experienced - the necessity of dodecaphonic music is USELESS. For his whole work is irrelevant to the needs of his epoch.
    • Emphasis in the original. From "Eventuellement..." (1952), translated as "Possibly..." in Stocktakings from an Apprenticeship, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, p.113. ISBN 0193112108
  • Creation exists only in the unforeseen made necessary.
    • From "Eventuellement..." (1952), translated as "Possibly..." in Stocktakings from an Apprenticeship, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, p.133 ISBN 0193112108
  • Stupid, stupid, stupid!
    • On the music of Giuseppe Verdi. Quoted in Boulez: Composer, Conductor, Enigma by Joan Peyser, New York: Schirmer Books, 1976.

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  • Proceeding from the simple fact that I think, I tried to find out how a musical language could be built from scratch.
  • The most elegant way of solving the opera problem would be to blow up the opera houses.
  • The aim of music is not to express feelings but to express music. It is not a vessel into which the composer distills his soul drop by drop, but a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal.
  • Revolutions are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous.

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