Almost synonymous of structuralism, Lévi-Strauss's thought upholds – mutatis mutandis – what the chemist de Lavoisier said: nothing can be created in an absolute way, but simply chosen between the possible combinations of an ideal human repertoire, that can be reconstructed, like the periodic table of Mendeleev's elements. Only Boulez could grossly misunderstand Lévi-Strauss: who never approved the use of structuralist thinking – clumsy crutch – by the integral serialists composers

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