He is the last surviving avant-gardist, and it will not have escaped new-music lovers that he turned 90 on Thursday, 26 March. I mean, of course, Pierre Boulez, the composer and conductor who once declared Schoenberg dead and suggested that opera houses should perhaps be blown up because of their moldy programming. The same man then tirelessly broke a lance for the music of Arnold Schoenberg and even Richard Wagner, whose complete Ring des Nibelungen he performed in the ...
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