Le Maître Pierre Boulez has died, age 90. He was an immeasurably important composer, conductor, and teacher. His music, of immense complexity and intellectual rigor, could still be magnificently beautiful.
I saw him conduct a varied Rug Concert at the NY Phil in the 1970s, and his own sur Incises at the Ernest Fleischmann memorial concert five years ago. It was as gorgeous with Matthias Pintscher and the Boulez-founded Ensemble Intercontemporaine in Berkeley last year. For me, there's no better work to remember him by.
Media roundup of obits and memorials to follow.