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More than Meets the Eye: Derivations and Stratification in Boulez's ‘Don’ (1962)

More than Meets the Eye: Derivations and Stratification in Boulez's ‘Don’ (1962) Based on a study of the sketch material held at the Paul Sacher Foundation, this paper examines the derivation of materials in the 1962 orchestral version of ‘Don’, the first movement of Pli selon pli: Portrait de Mallarmé by Pierre Boulez. Although the composer starts with a prepared serial multiplication table, he exhibits a flexible and imaginative treatment of material between conceptual planning, conceived initially in the relationship with the last movement, ‘Tombeau’, and its mise en place. Some sketches suggest that Boulez carefully selects the material according to the sound image in his mind. The interaction between planning and sound realisation shows, furthermore, that he did not view the series as a restriction but rather as a fountain of creative inspiration. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

More than Meets the Eye: Derivations and Stratification in Boulez's ‘Don’ (1962)

Music Analysis , Volume 39 (3) – Oct 1, 2020

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Wiley
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Music Analysis © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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0262-5245
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1468-2249
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10.1111/musa.12141
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Abstract

Based on a study of the sketch material held at the Paul Sacher Foundation, this paper examines the derivation of materials in the 1962 orchestral version of ‘Don’, the first movement of Pli selon pli: Portrait de Mallarmé by Pierre Boulez. Although the composer starts with a prepared serial multiplication table, he exhibits a flexible and imaginative treatment of material between conceptual planning, conceived initially in the relationship with the last movement, ‘Tombeau’, and its mise en place. Some sketches suggest that Boulez carefully selects the material according to the sound image in his mind. The interaction between planning and sound realisation shows, furthermore, that he did not view the series as a restriction but rather as a fountain of creative inspiration.

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2020

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