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I may have found the ideal audience

In the new issue of Standpoint magazine, I write about the quest for the elusive audience – the one that never coughs, sits on the edge of its seats and seems to need the music more than the musicians need to play it. Pierre Boulez called it l’idéale audience, a listenership so avid it practically […]
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