French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez conducts during a rehearsal ahead of a concert of contemporary music in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 2007. Michael Latz /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French Composer Pierre Boulez Dies At 90
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French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, photographed in Salzburg in 2011. Martin Schalk/Getty Images hide caption

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The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90
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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities. adoc-photos/Corbis hide caption

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Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard
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A flautist from Konzerthausorchester Berlin performs during Musikfest Berlin 2010's tribute to Pierre Boulez. Kai Bienert hide caption

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In Berlin, A Musical Tribute To Composer Pierre Boulez
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At age 85, conductor Pierre Boulez says he might start to cut back on concerts in favor of spending more time composing. courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc. hide caption

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Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez At 85
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Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes an assortment of French music to WGBH in Boston. Felix Broede hide caption

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Hear Aimard Perform In The WGBH Studio
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Debussy's 'La Mer' Marks 100th Birthday
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At 80, Boulez Makes a Grand Tour
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