Pierre Boulez über Frank Zappa





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Uploaded on Jul 24, 2009

Ausschnitt aus "Zwischen Ton und Technologie", dt. TV-Doku über Boulez anlässlich dessen 80. Geburtstag, Boulez spricht hier über seine Zusammenarbeit mit Frank Zappa.
Excerpt from a TV-documentation about Boulez by the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Speaker: "...excursions, not only in art and poetry. Boulez also seeked the experiment with strange musical contemporarys like FZ. Their common CD "Boulez conducts Zappa" is something like a crossover between popular and serious music."

Boulez: "Zappa was a big exception in the realm of popular music. I am always open and curios on strong personalities. When Zappa came to me and asked me to play something of his, I said: 'Of course, that interests me'. When I decided a program with his works, I have also chosen pieces of Charles Yves and Elliot Carter. I did that consciously to show the audiences, that I not only wanted to blend a little bit of pop into serious music. I wanted to confront this division of music, which Zappa himself considered very serious, with a prestigious and more intellectual composer like Elliot Carter and Charles Yves, an exception in the american world of music.
Two exceptionals and one pylon(???).
I considered Frank Zappa througout seriously, incidentally I met him everytime when I visited LA and we had spent an evenig together. He explained me his plans for the future, which he just achieved before he died."

Warning/Guarantee: This tranlation is better than babel-fish could, even it is not perfect. BUT there is one word, I couldn't understand, I guess they left it in french. Maybe someone can help, especially a person who lives IN FRANCE.

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