Pierre Boulez, born in Montbrison (Loire) in 1925, also studied mathematics at the university. In Paris he was a pupil of Olivier Messiaen, and he studied twelve-tone music with Ren Leibowitz. He was closely involved with the theatre group Renaud-Barrault, was a leading force in the Domaine Musical, lectured in Darmstadt, Baden-Baden and Basle in the fifties and sixties, and at the same time created a furore as conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. In Paris he established the Ircam, an institute for research into and propagation of contemporary music, and furthermore, in the seventies, the Ensemble InterContemporain. Most notable among his compositions are the piano sonatas (also for two pianos) and the works for soloists with ensemble, as well as the classics Pli selon pli, Le Marteau sans matre and Domaines. Rpons for computer, soloist and orchestra dates from the eighties. Anthmes 2, for violin and electronics was recently given its premiere at the Ircam. Messagesquisse, composed in 1976, is one of the twelve works requested by Mstislav Rostropovich from famous composers on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the conductor and arts patron Paul Sacher. Rostropovich himself played the solo part at the works first performance in La Rochelle.Download booklet
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