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Five Books about Nadia Boulanger

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Teaching Stravinsky

In 1929 Nadia Boulanger accepted Igor Stravinsky's younger son, Soulima, as her student. Within two years, Stravinsky and Boulanger merged their artistic spheres, each influencing and enhancing the cultural work of the other until the composer's death in 1971. Teaching Stravinsky tells Boulanger's story of the ever-changing nature of her fractious relationship with Stravinksy. Author Kimberly A. Francis explores how Boulanger's own professional activity during the turbulent twentieth-century intersected with her efforts on behalf of Stravinsky, and how this facilitated her own influential conversations with the composer about his works while also drawing her into close contact with his family. Through the theoretical lens of Bourdieu, and drawing upon over one thousand pages of letters and scores, many published here for the first time, Francis examines the extent to which Boulanger played a foundational role in defining, defending, and ultimately consecrating Stravinsky's canonical identity. She considers how the quotidian events in the lives of these two icons of modernism informed both their art and their professional decisions, and convincingly argues for a reevaluation of the influence of women on cultural production during the twentieth century. At once a story of one woman's vibrant friendship with an iconic modernist composer, and a case study in how gendered polemics informed professional negotiations of the artistic-political fields of the twentieth-century, Teaching Stravinsky sheds new light not only on how Boulanger taught Stravinsky, but also how, in doing so, she managed to influence the course of modernism itself.

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The Musical Work of Nadia Boulanger

Nadia Boulanger - composer, critic, impresario and the most famous composition teacher of the twentieth century - was also a performer of international repute. Her concerts and recordings with her vocal ensemble introduced audiences on both sides of the Atlantic to unfamiliar historical works and new compositions. This book considers how gender shaped the possibilities that marked Boulanger's performing career, tracing her meteoric rise as a conductor in the 1930s to origins in the classroom and the salon. Brooks investigates Boulanger's promotion of structurally motivated performance styles, showing how her ideas on performance of historical repertory and new music relate to her teaching of music analysis and music history. The book explores the way in which Boulanger's musical practice relied upon her understanding of the historically transcendent masterwork, in which musical form and meaning are ideally joined, and shows how her ideas relate to broader currents in French aesthetics and culture.

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Nadia boulanger et lili boulanger ; témoignages et études

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) fut une remarquable musicienne dotée d'une forte personnalité : son charisme, son autorité naturelle, son immense culture et sa grande intelligence en ont fait une figure de légende. Consacrant sa vie entière à la musique, elle fut interprète (orgue, piano, direction d'orchestre et de choeur), compositeur, professeur, critique musical et organisatrice de concerts. Au long de sa carrière internationale, elle a rencontré un très grand nombre de musiciens, d'artistes, d'écrivains, d'élèves venus de pays et de milieux les plus divers, tissant un réseau très dense au sein d'une élite intellectuelle et sociale cosmopolite. Sa soeur Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), morte à vingt-quatre ans, n'a pas eu cette heureuse longévité, mais elle a composé des oeuvres qui portent la marque de son génie et qui lui confèrent une place de choix auprès des compositeurs de son temps. Au travers d'analyses variées, ce livre propose une réflexion approfondie sur le rôle qu'ont joué les deux soeurs musiciennes dans la vie musicale du XXe siècle. Il est enrichi par les témoignages récents de disciples de Nadia Boulanger et par des documents jusqu'alors inédits : un double catalogue de l'oeuvre de Nadia Boulanger et de l'oeuvre de Lili Boulanger, une discographie, une bibliographie, le recensement des écrits de Nadia Boulanger ainsi que l'inventaire de ses correspondants, dont les lettres forment un extraordinaire corpus ouvert à la recherche.

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