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Modern music militant Pierre Boulez invites listeners to be disturbed

by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN


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Tonight (Thursday) guest conductor Pierre Boulez returns for a two-week engagement with the Cleveland Orchestra . He has led the ensemble more than 200 times since George Szell first called on him to challenge audiences to open their ears and minds to the avant garde. That was more than 40 years ago, but the French composer and conductor remains the world's most outspoken defender of contemporary music. He shared his views with us earlier this week at Severance Hall:
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Pierre Boulez in his dressing room at Severance Hall is seated beneath a photograph of Igor Stravinsky. They met in the mid 1950s and Stravinsky may have been influenced by Boulez to compose his 1957 ballet "Agon" in a serialist style.

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