Homage to French Composer Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)

Pierre Boulez (1935-2016), © Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

 

     It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of  brilliant French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who was a defining and lauded paragon of  20th century music.  Last June, the French Institute of South Africa, the Goethe-Institut, and Prosound, supported  in Johannesburg a "Day of the Giants" to celebrate his works. Initiated by Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander, this special public event explored Boulez' legacy with South African premieres of his works. It also looked at the relationship between Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, who all had profound influences on the music of their time.

 

 

Jill Richards at the Day of Giants event, June 28th 2015 (photo by Justin Barlow)

 

Waldo Alexander at the Day of Giants event, June 28th 2015 (photo by Justin Barlow)