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#1. Certainly I was a bully. I'm not ashamed of it at all. The hostility of the establishment to what you were able to do in the Forties and Fifties was very strong. Sometimes you have to fight against your society. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#2. I shall be the first composer in history not to have a biography. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#3. Some members of the Vienna Philharmonic convinced me to try Bruckner, which I have never done before. And that was interesting to me to have this experience with this orchestra, which knows the repertoire very well, and to be confronted with this knowledge, and to learn from them. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#4. The aim of music is not to express feelings but to express music. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#5. The most difficult problem in conducting is intonation. You must know what is wrong and how to correct it. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#6. Webern was a kind of 'Kamchatka of music,' an unknown country of music. That's true; for me and people of my generation, he was a radical - you couldn't be more radical than he was. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#7. The first time I came to New York in 1952, I was busy with music. I made the acquaintance at this period with John Cage, and also the acquaintance of Varese for the first time. We were very good friends. He gave me some scores, and we recorded them a little later. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#8. (From Boulez, an authorized biography by Joan Peyser)
At the chapel door he [a priest associated with a school Boulez attended] asked me if what he had been told was true: that Boulez no longer believed in God. I said it was ... - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#9. All the people with whom I was very close at one point in my life - Stockhausen, Berio, Ligeti, Nono, Bernd Alois Zimmermann - they are all gone. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#10. I always admired very much the virtuosity in Strauss because, really, he's a master of using the orchestra. And I like virtuosity, I must say, even if the taste of the music is not always mine. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#11. 'Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta' is a kind of expansion of chamber music. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#12. More and more I find that in order to create effectively one has to consider delirium and, yes, organize it. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#13. Music should be a collective magic and hysteria. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#14. Acting and performing music is exactly the same. Therefore, an actor, for instance, who is very impressive, he's not simply imitating or trying to imitate, but he must dominate this kind of feeling, and then he transmits it in a much stronger way. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#15. It is not enough to deface the Mona Lisa because that does not kill the Mona Lisa. All art of the past must be destroyed. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#16. I almost chose the career of an ethnomusicologist because I was so fascinated by that music. It gives a different feeling of time. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#17. We have to fight the past to survive. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#18. I always think the relationship between a teacher and a student should be short and maybe violent. You don't need to spend years together. All you need is an explosion: you are the material to explode; the teacher is the detonator. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#19. Creation exists only in the unforeseen made necessary. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#20. Revolutions are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#21. My parents were so far from the music world that they couldn't conceive how you could make a living. But for me, it was the only solution for the rest of my life. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#22. I wanted contemporary music to be treated the same as the traditional repertoire - performed regularly by people who knew each other and the music. That is the way you convince an audience. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#23. We need to restore the spirit of irreverence in music. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#24. People see me as a theoretician, but my music is also seductive, even spiritual. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#25. [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. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#26. I am not nostalgic about things. When you have a kind of improvement, I am not nostalgic about the past. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#27. I discovered 'Rite of Spring' when I was 21. As a matter of fact, not with orchestra first, because it was still a work which was not often performed. Don't forget that I was 19 in 1944, still the Occupation time. So it was performed slightly after the end of the war, in 1945. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#28. For me, curiosity is life. If you are not curious, you are in your coffin. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#29. I said if I ever conducted, I would always give myself the best chance to succeed - though sometimes, despite everything, you still fail. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#30. Music is a labyrinth with no beginning and no end,
full of new paths to discover,
where mystery remains eternal - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#31. I suggested that it was not enough to add a moustache to the Mona Lisa: it should simply be destroyed. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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#32. The function of pop music is to be consumed. - Author: Pierre Boulez
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