Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna

Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna

Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna (1974–75) is a composition for large chamber ensemble in eight groups by the French composer Pierre Boulez. It was first performed in London, 2 April 1975, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Boulez.[1]

The work was written after the death of Boulez's fellow composer [3]

Boulez based the tonal structure of Rituel largely on a set of seven tones, corresponding to the number of the letters in the name "Maderna".[4] These are the same pitches used in the row of …explosante-fixe….[5]


  1. ^ Jameux 1991, 351.
  2. ^ In the program booklet for the second part of the IRCAM concert series Passage du XXe siècle (Sept.–Dec. 1977): 5, cited in Blumröder 1982, 184.
  3. ^ Jean-Pierre Derrien, CD inlay booklet for Notations, Figures-doubles-prismes, Rituel, Naïve MO 782163 (Lyons, 2002).
  4. ^ Blumröder 2006; Jameux 1991, 355–56.
  5. ^ Campbell, Edward (2010). Boulez, Music and Philosophy, p.206. ISBN 978-0-521-86242-4.


  • Beiche, Michael (1981). "Serielles Denken in Rituel von Pierre Boulez". Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 38:24–56.
  • Blumröder, Christoph von (1982). "Formel-Komposition—Minimal Music—Neue Einfachheit: Musikalische Konzeptionen der siebziger Jahre." In Neuland Jahrbuch 2 (1981/82), edited by Herbert Henck, 183–205. Bergisch Gladbach: Neuland Verlag.
  • Blumröder, Christoph von (2006). "Stationen der Neuen Musik seit 1950". Unpublished lecture, Musikwissenschaftliches Institut der Universität zu Köln, 9 May.
  • Jameux, Dominique (1991). Pierre Boulez. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.