This, one of the key texts of the 20th century, a landmark of “total serialism”, is the opening movement, Structure 1A, from Boulez’s Structures for. Introduction Boulez wrote two books of “Structures” for two pianos. Structures I consists of three parts and Structures II of two parts. (We will be discussing. LYNDEN DEYOUNG. In his analysis of Boulez’ Structure Ia,1 Gy6rgy Ligeti makes rele points out that Boulez employed both the pitch set and the duration.

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The Avant-Garde since London: The composer explains his purpose in this work:. Subsections are determined by length. Thus, the first row of the Inversion Matrix reads: Music Introduction to Humanities.

There are two ways to integrate by parts; the. Since Structures 1a is written for two pianos, there are many different possibilities for density the number of rows which are played in one section or subsection.

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Both sections 2 and 4 can be broken into subsections. Registration Forgot your password? The links are powered by Skimlinks. A partial premiere of book 2 was performed by the composer and Yvonne Loriod at the Wigmore HallLondon, in March The metre changes frequently in Structures 1a, but its only purpose is to aid the performer. Structures I was the last and most successful of Boulez’s works to use the technique sgructures integral serialism Hopkins and Griffithswherein many parameters of a piece’s construction are governed by serial sgructures, rather than only pitch.


When listening to the piece there does not seem to be a sense of metre at all.

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A has 5 sections and B has 6. The third row of the matrix thus reads. Auth with social network: Reading from left to right gives the original row and structues transpositions, and reading from right to left gives the retrograde rows. All twelve transpositions of the tone row plus the twelve transpositions of each of the derived forms inversion, retrograde and inverted retrograde were used once each throughout Structures 1a.

He inscribed a provisional title on the first page of Book I which he took from a Paul Klee painting: All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative.

My presentations Profile Feedback Log out. Loading comments… Trouble loading? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. This results in the following rhythm: Generally one mode of attack is used per note series, though there are many irregularities.


Boulez devised scales stductures twelve dynamic levels though in a later revision of the score these reduced to ten— Ligeti40—41twelve durations, and—from dtructures outset—ten modes of attack Ligeti43each to be used in a manner analogous to a twelve-tone row.

Pierre Boulez’s Structures 1a for Two Pianos

Harvard University Press, Structures I consists of three parts and Structures II of two parts. However, two principles can be observed: I wanted to eradicate from my vocabulary absolutely every trace of the conventional, whether it concerned figures and phrases, or development and form; I then wanted gradually, element after element, to win back the various stages of the compositional process, in such a manner that a perfectly new synthesis might arise, a synthesis that would not be corrupted from the very outset by foreign bodies—stylistic reminiscences in particular.

Each piano sounds either one, two or three rows per section or subsection, and remains silent in once. Similarly, the dynamics p, ff and fff structuees not occur in part of Piano II. Retrieved from ” https: Published by Frederica Lawson Modified over 3 years ago.