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Pierre Boulez house for sale

March 31, 2014 by Norman Lebrecht

22 comments.


Boulez, 89, is selling his place near Aix-en-Provence. Here’s the estate agent’s description:

Architect House – Alpes de Haute Provence

Built on a former quarry in the countryside, this architect home with a contemporary feel was owned by Pierre Boulez, famous composer and conductor and conveys this aspect through the white concrete forming the gesture of a leader directing an orchestra without a wand. The concrete blends perfectly with the vertical stones found on site that are assembled into specific modules. Light seeps between volumes. Approximately 230m² spread over four levels as well as a guest house and a garage, the ensemble set on 3,7 ha. Numerous terraces including one with exceptional panoramic views on the last floor. 1h from the TGV train station in Aix en Provence.
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Comments (22)

  1. David Boxwell says:

    That home looks totally warm, inviting, and cozy!

    1. Brian says:

      Nothing much in the way of windows that would actually let in natural light. Don’t like dark houses. Anyway, not enough room for my CDs, lps, 78s, books and scores. Otherwise, I’d buy it.

    2. John Borstlap says:

      That home looks as if assembled by a naughty kid.

  2. Mark Stratford says:

    Did he own this before he had his Baden Baden mansion ? Or did he have these two piles simultaneously ?

    And I think he has an appartment in Paris as well.

  3. Cambridge says:

    Looks like the sort of house a good socialist would live in.

    1. Stereo says:

      only socialists can afford things like this

      1. Anonymus says:

        So you two are saying that if one is successful as a composer and conductor, one must hold capitalistic world views? I don’t see any intelligent reason in this, but never mind. Just envious maybe?

        1. Brian says:

          Envy is the heart and soul of socialism.

          1. Anonymus says:

            Hmm, maybe. And greed is the heart and soul of capitalism. Sounds like the choice between pest or cholera to me.

    2. Anonymus says:

      Actually I see no rails, no support for the weak, on the stairs. Looks more like a neo-liberal approach to me.

  4. M.A. Steinberger says:

    Looks like it would be perfect for villain in a James Bond movie.

  5. Andrew says:

    Ugh, why am I not surprised that this is where he lived?

    1. I couldn’t have put it better Andrew.

      @ M A Steinberger: LOL!

      @ Cambridge: I suppose it is very “white heat of technology”.

  6. Michael Schaffer says:

    What’s an “architect house”? Aren’t all houses designed by architects?

    Also, if you go to the listing

    http://www.emilegarcin.com/vente/Architect-House-Alpes-de-Haute-Provence/FD66BE33-06E6-47D1-B992-0F897C9E8BFA/MEN-6037-SA.html

    and look at the 4th picture, there is a huge hole in the terrace above a steep vertical drop. What’s that for? To throw down unwanted guests? To pour hot oil on attacking armies?

    1. Anonymus says:

      It’s there to symbolize the black hole, where the time he saved by conducting super fast, disappeared into, disappeared into the big nothingness.

      1. John Borstlap says:

        The hole is for discarded score pages.

      2. Michael Schaffer says:

        Boulez never struck me as a conductor who generally leans towards faster than normal tempi. In some cases, he is actually slower than many other conductors, for instance, in the first movement of his recording of Beethoven 5. But overall, I would say his tempo choices are generally fairly unsurprising.

        1. John Borstlap says:

          With Boulez, one gets the strong impression that not tempo, but clarity determines the speed of a work. But in Wagner he takes fast tempi, in an attempt to get rid of all the layers of pathos that he sees in the score, the ‘traditional dirt’ between the notes, as if they were childrens’ toes arriving from the beach. His recording of Debussy’s ‘Jeux’ is excruciatingly clear and therefore, stiff, without any Schwung that the music obviously needs.

    2. M.A. Steinberger says:

      Not around here. Most are slapped together by the thousands by builders with no training and no eye. You can get a good idea of it from the opening sequence of “Family Guy”. Yes, it’s parody, but very accurate.

      1. Michael Schaffer says:

        Where is “around here”?

  7. Je ne l’aime pas du tout. Je voudrais la detruire avec un marteau sans maitre

    1. Brian says:

      Mais la maison est une replication concrete de “pli selon pli.”


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