Boulez: Structures Recomposed

Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann

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In (Boulez, 1989), Pierre Boulez describes a compositional strategy called analyse créatrice, creative analysis, which is opposed to what he calls “sterile academic” analysis in that the analytical results are used as germs to create new compositions. Before discussing Boulez’s ideas in detail, we should stress that his procedure transcends the purely analytical or compositional activities: He proposes a coherent double activity that includes both analysis and composition. This means that our own discourse in this chapter will deal with both, analysis and composition, the latter more specifically realized by use of the music composition software RUBATO® (Mazzola et al., 1996).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


  • Address Change
  • Critical Concept
  • Musical Composition
  • Primary Parameter
  • Secondary Parameter


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