Classical Playlist: An introduction to Boulez, Schoeller and Harvey

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 15:54

On Saturday 14 October 2017 Ensemble Intercontemporain took to the Royal Festival Hall stage, conducted by their Musical Director Matthias Pintscher, to present the music of Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Harvey and Philippe Schoeller.

To give an idea of the breadth of the output of these three much-lauded 20th Century composers, and as a taster of this performance of their work at Southbank Centre, we have put together a short playlist for your enjoyment.

Within these works you will, we hope, be able to get a picture of the favoured soundscapes and recurring themes of the composers; their use, and embracing, of electronica and spotlighting of spiritual and mythical motifs.

Pierre Boulez was a leading figure in the avant-garde music of the 1950s and was described by The Guardian, on his death in 2016, as the ‘single dominant figure of the classical musical world through the second half of the 20th century and beyond.’

The British composer and professor in music Jonathan Harvey was no stranger to Boulez, having been invited to Paris’ Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, by the French composer, a residency from which he would produce much of his music.

Philippe Schoeller’s career as a composer also overlapped with Boulez, the young Schoeller having been taught by him at the College de France in the early 1980s. Still active today, the multi-award-winning composer has written more than 70 works.

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