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

The composer and conductor changed the way we hear music, not only through his own compositions but in the concerts he conducted. He died Tuesday at the age of 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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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

To mark the sesquicentennial of the great French composer, a French piano virtuoso spins his favorite Debussy recordings.

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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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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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Favorite Sessions

Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Piano Francais

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The French pianist focuses on modern music from his homeland, playing short pieces by Ravel, Boulez and Messiaen at the WGBH studio in Boston.

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