Pierre Boulez house for sale

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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    • 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.

  • 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.

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

      • 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.

        • 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.

    • 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.

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