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Bowie and Boulez

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“Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Iman Bowie.

On Bowie’s birthday, Jan. 8, Iman used Instagram to celebrate her husband’s special day. She shared a variety of different photos of Bowie, many of which were posted by his fans.

Bowie images flash around the world with all the personas that made it possible for everyone to find their own affinity with the man and his music.

Did anyone ever reinvent himself as often and as successfully as David Bowie?

From Space Oddity to Ziggy Stardust, from Fame to Blackstar and all wrapped up in Lazarus – what a panoply of creativity.

“Schoenberg is dead; Blow up the opera houses; Authenticity is a nightmare; Henze? ‘rubbish’. Verdi? ‘dum de dum, nothing more'”. So said Pierre Boulez.

From Sur incises to Répons, from Le Visage Nuptial to Pli selon pli, from Le Marteau Sans Maître to Eclat, – inventor, self-critic, visionary, champion of the avant-garde.

Concert hall, music theatre, electronics studio, BBC symphony orchestra, IRCAM – there was nowhere in the musical world his influence did not reach, known or unknown.

Currently the subject of a special exhibition in Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris, Boulez was also featured in the Aldeburgh Festival 2015.

In a bizarre twist of fate, which no doubt will go down in the history books, Philharmonie de Paris is also about to host the exhibition about Bowie – David Bowie Is.

An unusual pairing? Not at all. Two international figures, passionate communicators and music enrichers.

Sarah Rodgers



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