“Un Coup de dés n’abolira jamais le hasard” neon light artwork by Yvon Lambert after Stéphane Mallarmé, 2008

“Un Coup de dés n’abolira jamais le hasard” neon light artwork by Yvon Lambert after Stéphane Mallarmé, 2008

Photo: Yvon Lambert © Wikimedia Commons

Concert
Piano

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich

Homage à Pierre Boulez

18:00 work introduction

This piece is one of the monuments of piano literature. It is the work of a composer who was a pianist himself and who knew and understood his instrument extremely well. That is why he was able to radically transform the writing of music for this instrument. Due to Boulez’ permanent endeavours to renew himself, each work illustrate a further step on his path of creative exploration. And yet they all contain an effortless energy and creativity. This adventure of playing his entire works for solo piano, and finally, as the crowning piece, the second book of his “Structures”, marks one of my most intense experiences as a pianist.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard 2011

Pierre Boulez [1925-2016]
The complete work for piano solo
and the “Structures: Deuxième Livre”

Douze Notation *
for piano [1945]

Première Sonate *
for piano [1946]

Deuxième Sonate **
for piano [1946-1948]

Troisième Sonate *
Formant 3: Constallation-Miroir
Formant 2: Trope
for piano [1955-1957]

Incises **
for piano [version from 2001]

Une page d’éphéméride *
for piano [2005]

Structures pour deux piano, Deuxième Livre [1951-1961] * **
Chapitre I
Chapitre II

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event