Pierre Boulez

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Pierre Boulez (IPA: /pjɛʁ.buˈlɛz/) (born March 26, 1925) is a French composer and conductor of contemporary classical music.

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  • [A]ny musician who has not experienced - I do not say understood, but truly experienced - the necessity of dodecaphonic music is USELESS. For his whole work is irrelevant to the needs of his epoch.
    • Emphasis in the original. From "Eventuellement..." (1952), translated as "Possibly..." in Stocktakings from an Apprenticeship, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, p. 113. ISBN 0193112108
  • Creation exists only in the unforeseen made necessary.
    • From "Éventuellement..." (1952), translated as "Possibly..." in Stocktakings from an Apprenticeship, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, p. 133 ISBN 0193112108
  • Stupid, stupid, stupid!
    • On the music of Giuseppe Verdi. Quoted in Boulez: Composer, Conductor, Enigma by Joan Peyser, New York: Schirmer Books, 1976.

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