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CSO conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez dies at 90

CSO conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez dies at 90

Pierre Boulez, the eminent if controversial French composer, conductor, educator and administrator widely held to be the greatest living composer and also the most important and influential figure in musical modernism in the second half of the last century, died Tuesday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany, at age 90.

His death was confirmed by his family in a statement to the Philharmonie de Paris.

At his death, Boulez retained the title of conductor emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he had held since 2006. He occupied a central role in the life of the orchestra, and in Chicago music, for decades since his CSO conducting debut in 1969, at concerts that...

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