Boulez: Structures Recomposed

Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)


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).


Primary Parameter Secondary Parameter Musical Composition Critical Concept Address Change 
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    Boulez P: Jalons (dix ans d’enseignement au Collège de France). Bourgeois, Paris 1989 Google Scholar
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    Mazzola G et al.: RUBATO on the Internet. 1996 ff.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joomi Park
    • 3
  • Florian Thalmann
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of InformaticsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.McNally Smith College of MusicSaint PaulUSA

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