Dr Edward Campbell’s book on the composer Pierre Boulez published by Cambridge University Press
Dr Edward Campbell’s new book ‘Boulez, Music and Philosophy’ has been published by Cambridge University Press on 19 August 2010 as part of the series ‘Music in the Twentieth Century’. It can be seen on the following weblink - http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521862424
The book investigates a series of philosophically charged terms and concepts which Boulez uses in discussion of his music. Campbell examines significant encounters which link Boulez to the work of a number of important philosophers and thinkers, including Adorno, Lévi-Strauss, Eco and Deleuze. Relating Boulez's music and ideas to broader currents of thought, the book illuminates a number of affinities linking music and philosophy, and also literature and visual art. These connections facilitate enhanced understanding of post-war modernist music and Boulez's distinctive approach to composition. Drawing on a wide range of previously unpublished documentary sources and providing musical analysis of a number of key scores, the book traces the changing musical, philosophical and intellectual currents which inform Boulez's work.