alt.obituaries Memorial Deadpool
The Z is not silent.
And neither was the man whose name it ended. As a young man, he was in the
front ranks of young European composers at the forefront of a revolution in
music. And as a young man, he had nothing but enmity for the old men, and even
if they weren't old. At various times, he was dismissive of Schoenberg, brutal
about Stravinsky, Copland, Shostakovich, etc. He brooked no nonsense from his
own contemporaries. A mentor he wasn't. The word "one-time" often
went before the word "friend." (On the other hand, about
his personal life, he was silent to the end.)
Boulez wielded power
(never a baton) on the international stage, and, for the most part, successfully.
As he aged, he mellowed. He admired more of his contemporaries. While still
championing the modern, he conducted the masters of early centuries. While the
decision to replace Bernstein with Boulez was not wholly a good one, he explored unconventional repertoire,
concert formats, and locations. Didn't go over well back then. Now most
everything is tried to keep the audiences awake. Pierre Boulez was 90.
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