A Rebel With A Cause - Pierre Boulez At 80


20050320No one in contemporary music arouses such fierce passion as the eminent conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, who celebrates his 80th birthday later this week.

At one time a young firebrand who wanted to blow up opera houses, he's now an immensely powerful and much resented figure in the musical world.

Ivan Hewett looks at the enigmatic, restless creator behind the public figure, through interviews with friends and colleagues such as the conductor, Daniel Barenboim, the composers Betsy Jolas, George Benjamin and Maurice Jarre, the pianist, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and critics in London, France and New York.