Music: Who Wants Parsifal in the Morning?

ONCE he was the enfant terrible of French music who did not scruple to assert the Paris Opera was full of dung. These days, Pierre Boulez is no less sure of his opinions. But he is somewhat more temperate in expressing them, for he has now joined the Establishment to wage the fight from within. His reign as the new music director of the New York Philharmonic begins this week. Over the coming year he will certainly shape the future of that orchestra. He may also, if he has his way, somewhat change the whole direction of American symphonic life.

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