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Pierre Boulez, Notation 1, autograph copy of 1985(Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel)About Pierre Boulez's Douze Notations

Douze Notations pour piano have a special place in the musical output of Pierre Boulez (1925-2016). For one thing, ever since their belated publication in 1985 these short piano pieces have headed the work list of this extremely self-critical composer. For another, Boulez frequently drew on these fledgling compositions in his later music. Finally, this collection of 1945 offers fascinating insights into the compositional workshop of the then 20-year-old composer.

History and context

Musical metamorphoses

Composing within narrow confines

A journeyman composition

History and context


Boulez video interview

Inside the score


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