Links for January 8, 2016

Pierre Boulez, Composer and Conductor Who Pushed Modernism’s Boundaries, Dies at 90

Pierre Boulez, the French composer and conductor who helped blaze a radical new path for classical music in the 20th century, becoming one of its dominant figures in the decades after World War II, died on Tuesday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.

Pierre Boulez. Dérive 2 directed by Boulez (48 m.)

When Pierre Boulez, who died Tuesday, met Frank Zappa

Zappa was striving to get his orchestral music played in Europe. He wanted to be treated seriously. Sure The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra had a hand in the soundtrack to 200 Motels, but Zappa wanted more.... Zappa sent the maestro some scores. Boulez accepted. The result? Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger. It was released in 1984. For some in classical AND rock circles, the collaboration was perfectly strange.