French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, a giant figure in postwar classical music and a major presence in Southern California, has died at the age of 90 at his home in Germany.
The New York Times’ obituary is here.
I had the privilege to hear Boulez conduct many times, and spoke to him at least twice, including in a wonderful interview in 2003. Given his reputation as an iconoclast, I was quite nervous when I phoned him in Paris, but he couldn’t have been more friendly or generous with his time.
To read the interview click here.
Reblogged this on All is Yar and commented:
I’m currently running around CES in Las Vegas and can’t cover this with the detail I’d prefer, but nonetheless had to acknowledge the passing of this truly great musician. Therefore, I refer you to Tim Mangan’s post on his own website . . .
Hopefully after this blow the world can summon the strength to stagger on …
Reblogged this on Tim Higgins and commented:
R.I.P. Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), and thank you for the music xx