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Boulez embarrassment

A comment made by French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez in the 1960s has returned to embarrass him ...

Whilst working in Basle, Switzerland in November 2001, Boulez fell victim to a dawn anti-terrorist raid - one of many in Europe since the events of 11 September 2001. He was arrested by Swiss Police and detained for several hours.

The Swiss authorities were reacting to a comment made by the musician in his younger days - that he thought opera houses should be blown up. The Swiss had decided that this 60s viewpoint made 75 year-old Boulez a security threat.

Information: www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4313619,00.html

Posted: 14 December 2001

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