A giant has departed. You have heard and read, and undoubtedly will hear and read more, about the musical genius Pierre Boulez, who died Tuesday at age 90 at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. It was not a shock, since many in the music world knew that he had been ailing. His influence has been enormous, on music itself and on those individuals who make it. One of those is David Robertson, who for several years was music director of Paris’ Ensemble Intercontemporain, a group that continues to explore the boundaries of sound and music making, which Boulez founded.
Robertson shared these words about his mentor and friend: “Pierre Boulez was creative in the deepest sense of the word. His genius touched and continues to inspire a huge number of people. His engagement with the world of music altered its course. He is a singularity. His legacy will resonate through time.”
Robertson may be heard talking about Boulez during NPR’s All Things Considered on Wednesday.