Post by cdc
"For Boulez, Xenakis's music was crude, betraying his lack of musical
training and experience."
Does anyone know in which period and in what context Boulez said these
The quote is from Griffiths, A Concise History of Western Music:
In his first important work, Metastasis for orchestra, he wrote for
all the string instruments independently in great storms of glissandos
(pitch slides), vastly amplifying a kind of sound production, the slide
through a large interval, that had been almost eradicated from
orchestral practice as a symptom of nineteenth-century sentimentality.
Xenakis made it boldly new, in music of an unabashed sound drama
recalling only Varese among the early modernists, and the work's first
performance at Donaueschingen in 1955, coupled with its author's
criticism of serialism in an article, caused consternation. For Boulez,
Xenakis's music was crude, betraying his lack of musical training and
experience. Rough as it was, though, it could not be ignored.