You could look at Boulez’s always baton-less hands and see suggestions of refinements that had not yet actually made it into the playing. Photograph: Christophe Ena/File/AP Photo/

The death last week of Pierre Boulez at the age of 90 marks the passing of the last great figure from the postwar European avant-garde. Boulez, along(...)

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The composer Raymond Deane has never been a man for half measures. As a student, he was the angry young man par excellence among Irish composers. H(...)

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