Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Boulez's music! I went to Alisa Weilerstein's Fragments world premiere at Kroner Hall yesterday where the solo cello performance interweaves Bach's cello suite movements and some contemporary pieces. Admittedly I haven't listened to contemporary (classical) music much at all but was quite intrigued by it. It also stuck me that, like writing, music essentially is a mind game between the creator and consumer, one tries to set anticipations and the other tries to guess where things go. In an active listening mode (as we are in a concert), this is really interesting to do. It would be much harder to listen to music we're not familiar with in passive mode. I wonder if this is your experience?

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