Public Research Seminar: Dr Caroline Potter - Pierre Boulez, surrealist
Public Research Seminar Series
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 1
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
Dr Caroline Potter (University of London) – Pierre Boulez, surrealist
Pierre Boulez’s creative output has usually been studied from a music analytical perspective in the context of serialism, but here, Dr Caroline Porter contends that the French literary and broader intellectual context was ultimately at least as important to the composer.
While Boulez’s extensive published writings rarely mention surrealism, Dr Potter argues that surrealist writings and concepts had a crucial impact on his music in his formative years (1945-8).