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Renowned Composer and Conductor Pierre Boulez Celebrates his 40th Anniversary with the Cleveland Orchestra
The Orchestra's First Principal Guest Conductor Takes the Podium at Severance Hall as part of a Worldwide Celebration of his 80th Birthday.
by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN


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Other than George Szell, no one has changed the Cleveland Orchestra more than Pierre Boulez. Szell created the clarity of sound that the Orchestra's known for. But it was Boulez, the French conductor and composer, who changed the orchestra's repertoire to include the music of the 20th Century. Boulez not only championed the music of Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, but also achieved fame for his own compositions in the atonal style. Boulez spoke with us about his life and work and about the music he'll conduct this week and next week at Severance Hall.
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WKSU's Vivian Goodman asked Pierre Boulez about his early influences, including Webern and Schoenberg. Boulez was a student of Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory during the Nazi occupation of Paris. After the war he became intensely interested in "forbidden" music, such as the music of Anton Webern: Realplayer / Windows Media (6:30)


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