If you tried to practice this at home, you may get complains from your neighbours, or even just mom. For people not used to sounds so brash, violent and disorderly even, it might make sense to mute and skip. But give it a listen and see if your ears can tell what is happening here. My favorite bit is the last note of this movement, which makes the other strings vibrate and shimmering, delicate sounds can be heard.
With this video, Boulez's Douze Notations have all been recorded! Except for two, which were longer than 60 seconds. I am excited to record the next few composers coming up. After a few 'buffer pieces', I will record most Gubaidulina's "My musical toys".
In the last video, I played the penultimate notation. You can watch it by clicking here. I'll be playing the 6th movement of Ligeti's Musica Ricercata in the next video. It is radically different from the music of Boulez. Watch this space!