Boulez’s South American Experience

Pierre Boulez in 2004

Source: The Guardian.

The composer and conductor Pierre Boulez died in January last year, aged 90. He was the first of many great musicians to die in 2016 but his name was rarely mentioned in the end-of-year roundups, simply because he didn’t have the public prominence of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen or Prince. Nonetheless, Boulez changed the concept of music – the very idea of what it is – far more than those who are more publicly mourned. He completely transformed the rules of composition, and his work challenged preconceptions in postwar Europe just as it does today.