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Searching for sounds: Serial methodology in Pierre Boulezs Twelve notations, and an original composition entitled: Wound too tight: A work for saxophone quartet. Joseph Johnson

Searching for sounds: Serial methodology in Pierre Boulezs Twelve notations, and an original composition entitled: Wound too tight: A work for saxophone quartet.

Joseph Johnson

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ISBN : 9781109767933
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Twelve Notations was written on the cusp of major transitions in Pierre Boulezs life and music. It is his earliest published work and represents a switch from the modal musical language of his teacher, Messiaen, to the dodecaphony of Webern, ofMoreTwelve Notations was written on the cusp of major transitions in Pierre Boulezs life and music. It is his earliest published work and represents a switch from the modal musical language of his teacher, Messiaen, to the dodecaphony of Webern, of whose music Boulez became acquainted with in the fall of 1945. In Twelve Notations, the meandering style Boulezs early works is replaced by a succinct style where he optimizes variety while restraining structure in length and surface in motif. The brevity of these pieces is reminiscent of Webern, but the direction of the young composers music is decidedly forward looking. The sixth notation hints at total serial techniques for which Boulez will become known. While not exploring the combinatorial properties of his dodecaphonic pitch material, Boulez searches for different ways to organize and combine the material. Each notation uses a different row rotation, and notations refer to each other in structure and gesture. Novel combinations of pitch elements, and a sense of rhythm owing to Messiaen, help make these twelve era defining miniatures.