Boulez's Lost Symphony

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There is a perennial fascination in lost works. In 1947, Pierre Boulez composed his one and only symphony. It has never been heard, for shortly after completing a work he still regards as the summation of everything he knew up to that point, Boulez lost the manuscript. Half a century later, he talks to Brian Morton about the incident, describes his emotions and remembers how the work might have sounded.

1997081219990203

There is a perennial fascination in lost works. In 1947, Pierre Boulez composed his one and only symphony. It has never been heard, for shortly after completing a work he still regards as the summation of everything he knew up to that point, Boulez lost the manuscript. Half a century later, he talks to Brian Morton about the incident, describes his emotions and remembers how the work might have sounded.