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Pierre Boulez

Born: 26th March 1925, Montbrison, France

Died: 5th January 2016, Baden Baden, Germany

Nationality: French

Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez CBE was a French composer, conductor, writer and founder of several musical institutions. He was one of the dominant figures of the post-war classical music world.

Born in Montbrison in the Loire department of France, the son of an engineer, Boulez studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Olivier Messiaen, and privately with Andrée Vaurabourg and René Leibowitz. He began his professional career in the late 1940s as music director of the Renaud-Barrault theatre company in Paris. As a young composer in the 1950s he quickly became a leading figure in avant-garde music, playing an important role in the development of integral serialism and controlled chance music.

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Obituary, Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)

The French composer and conductor has died aged 90.

Recording of the Week, The Complete Works of Pierre Boulez on Deutsche Grammophon

Assembled under the composer’s personal supervision (and featuring many of his own recordings with Ensemble InterContemporain), this 13-CD collection includes several works which have not previously appeared on CD and features fearless pianism from Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Maurizio Pollini.

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