List of compositions by Pierre Boulez

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Pierre Boulez in 1968.

A list of works by the French composer Pierre Boulez.

  • Nocturne for piano (1944–45), unpublished.
  • Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo for piano (1944–45), unpublished.
  • Trois psalmodies for piano (1945); unpublished, withdrawn.
  • Thème et variations for piano, left hand (1945); unpublished.
  • Douze notations for piano (1945).
  • Quatuor pour quatre ondes Martenot (Quartet for four ondes Martenot) (1945–46), unpublished.
  • Onze notations (1946); arrangement for chamber ensemble of eleven of the Douze notations, unpublished.
  • Sonatine for flute et piano (1946; revised 1949).
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 (1946; revised 1949).
  • Le visage nuptial for soprano, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra (1946; revised 1951; revised 1988–89)
  • Symphonie concertante for piano and orchestra (1947); lost
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948)
  • Sonata for Two Pianos (1948); revision of the quartet for Ondes Martenot; withdrawn
  • Livre pour quatuor (1948, revised 2011–12); two movements were reworked for string orchestra as Livre pour cordes (1968; revised 1989)
  • Le soleil des eaux for soprano, chorus and orchestra (1948; revised 1950; revised 1958; revised 1965); text: 2 poems by René Char
  • Polyphonie X for ensemble (1950–51); withdrawn
  • Deux études, musique concrète (1951–52)
  • Structures I for two pianos (1951–52)
  • Oubli signal lapidé for 12 solo voices (1952); withdrawn
  • Le marteau sans maître for alto voice and six instruments (1953–55; revised 1957)
  • La symphonie mécanique musique concrète for a film by Jean Mitry (1955)
  • L'Orestie incidental music for Aeschylus' trilogy the Oresteia, for voice and instrumental ensemble (1945)
  • Poésie pour pouvoir for tape and 3 orchestras (1955/58); withdrawn
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 (1955–57/63); unfinished
  • Strophes for flute (1957); unfinished
  • Le crépuscule de Yang Koueï-Fei musique concrète for the radiophonic play by Louise Fauré (1957)
  • Pli selon pli for soprano and orchestra (1957–58, as Improvisations sur Mallarmé I and II; completed 1959–62; revised 1983; revised 1989)
  • Structures II for two pianos (1961)
  • Figures-doubles-prismes for orchestra (1957–58, as Doubles; revised 1964; revised 1968)
  • Éclat for ensemble (1965)
  • Éclat/multiples (1970); Éclat followed by a longer piece for a larger ensemble; unfinished
  • Domaines for clarinet (1968)
  • Domaines for clarinet and six instrumental groups (1968)
  • Improvisé—pour le Dr. Kalmus for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello (1969; revised 2005)
  • Cummings ist der Dichter for chorus and ensemble (1970; revised 1986)
  • "…explosante-fixe…" for flute, clarinet, and trumpet (1971–72); withdrawn
  • "…explosante-fixe…" new version for flute, clarinet, trumpet, harp, vibraphone, violin, viola, cello, and electronics (1973–74); withdrawn
  • Rituel – in memoriam Bruno Maderna for orchestra in eight groups (1974)
  • Ainsi parla Zarathoustra incidental music for voice and ensemble (1974)
  • Messagesquisse for solo cello and six cellos (1976)
  • Notations I–IV and VII for orchestra (1978–1984/1997)
  • Répons for two pianos, harp, vibraphone, xylophone, cimbalom, ensemble and live electronics (1980; revised and expanded 1982; revised and expanded 1984)
  • Dérive 1 for six instruments (1984)
  • Dialogue de l'ombre double for clarinet and electronics (1985)
  • Mémoriale ("…explosante-fixe…" originel) for flute and ensemble (1985); an arrangement of the central section from "...explosante-fixe..."
  • "…explosante-fixe…" version for vibraphone and electronics (1986); withdrawn
  • Initiale for brass ensemble (1987)
  • Dérive 2 for eleven instruments (1988; revised 2002; expanded and completed 2006)
  • Anthèmes for violin (1991; revised and expanded 1994)
  • Fanfare for the 80th Birthday of Georg Solti for brass and percussion (1992)
  • "…explosante-fixe…" for solo MIDI flute, two "shadow" flutes, chamber orchestra, and electronics (1991–93); three of nine projected movements
  • Incises for piano (1994; revised and expanded 2001)
  • Dialogue de l'ombre double (transcribed for bassoon and electronics, 1985/1995)
  • Anthèmes II for violin and live electronics (1997)
  • Sur incises for three pianos, three harps and three percussionists (1996–98)
  • Une page d’éphéméride for piano (2005)
  • Dialogue de l'ombre double (transcribed for recorder by Erik Bosgraaf, 2014)

Sources[edit]

  • Campbell, Edward, and Peter O'Hagan. 2016. Pierre Boulez Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-06265-8, pp.25-55.
  • Goldman, Jonathan. 2011. The Musical Language of Pierre Boulez. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-67320-5, pp.215-217.
  • Griffiths, Paul. 1978. Boulez (Oxford Studies of Composers). London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-315442-0, pp.62-63.
  • Hopkins, G. W., and Paul Griffiths. 2011. "Boulez, Pierre", Grove Music Online, ed. Deane Root (accessed 6 January 2016). (Subscription access)
  • Samuel, Claude (ed.). 2002. Eclats 2002. Paris: Mémoire du Livre. ISBN 2-913867-14-6, pp. 421—430.