Pierre Boulez – A Life for Music

Author: Poorhouse International

A portrait of Pierre Boulez, musician, composer and astute cultural politician, drawing on interviews and performances from several decades.

  • Pierre Boulez – A Life for Music | Copyright: © Philippe Gontier

    © Philippe Gontier

  • Pierre Boulez – A Life for Music | Copyright: © Philippe Gontier

    © Philippe Gontier

Pierre Boulez, a legend of the music world passed away last year, but no quickly put together obituary could do him justice. As I have worked with Pierre for nearly 50 years and can draw on material from a similar time span, I decided to make a film, which does not only look as his conducting and composing career but also the astute cultural politician. As a young artist, he suggested to blow up opera houses to do away with stuffy routine, then moved on to Bayreuth to conduct what was later dubbed “The Ring of the Century”. Our film will have a clip of the scene he loved most, courtesy to Unitel, and some significant extract from “Pelléas and Mélisande” staged by Peter Stein, courtesy of Telmondis. Other gems include clips of his Mahler, Bruckner and Stravinsky interpretations and of his own music. It goes without saying that a clip of Barry Gavin's film of “Le Marteau sans maître” will feature as well as various forms of “Notations” to name but a few. We will hear from Pierre's younger brother Roger why Pierre left Paris and settled at Baden-Baden and from Pierre himself how the French Government lured him back with IRCAM and Ensemble intercontemporain. He also talks about his vision of a Cité de la musique which did still come true during his life time including the Philharmonie de Paris. Daniel Barenboim, friend and ally, discusses Pierre's music making and compositions and plays and conducts “Notations”. Dear colleagues from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Switzerland have already committed to broadcast and Arthaus Musik will release a longer version on DVD.

Production Company RM Creative
Duration 58 min.
Director Reiner E. Moritz



Now Distributed by EuroArts: Louisian Museum Music

EuroArts Music International

The Louisiana Museum Music Collection, performed at the famous copenhagen museum, is now distributed by EuroArts!

International Emmy® Awards: Semi Final Judging

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

On 26 June 2017 the IMZ, ORF-Enterprise and Interspot Film will host the 45th Semi Final Judging Round for the International Emmy Awards in Vienna.

IMZ Academy: Re-imagining the orchestra for the digital age

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

All speakers of the LSO - London Symphony Orchestra and GSO - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra have been confirmed! Register now to take advantage of the lower participant fee!


NAXOS Audiovisual Division

Naxos 30th Anniversary was celebrated in Munich. Klaus Heymann honored with an ICMA Special Achievement Award.


Benefit from exclusive insights + opportunties with a thematic variety of IMZ Mailings to choose from.

By clicking "SUBSCRIBE" you consent that your data can be processed by the IMZ International Music + Media Centre for the purposes of processing your inquiry.