Membership
Get unlimited digital access. Try it today for only $0.99.
Topics

Steve Reich

Pierre Boulez, a radical titan of contemporary music, dies at 90

Pierre Boulez, a radical titan of contemporary music, dies at 90

Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, a towering figure in contemporary music, was an enfant terrible who mellowed with age but never flagged from his crusade to push music lovers and the music establishment to let go of the past and embrace new sounds, structures and textures.

As a firebrand music student, he booed Igor Stravinsky in Paris for being too conservative, called his onetime friend John Cage a "performing monkey," said that those who didn't use the 12-tone composing system were "of no use" and called for the burning down of opera houses.

Many years later, however, he conducted — to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike —...

Loading
52°