Nadia Boulanger and her world / edited by Jeanice Brooks.  (Text) (Text)

Brooks, Jeanice | Boulanger, Nadia
Call no.: ML423.B68 N33 2020Series: Bard Music Festival series: Publication: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020Description: xvi, 364 p. : ill., port., music, facsimilesNotes: Several contributions translated from French.; Includes some texts by Nadia Boulanger.ISBN: 9780226750712 (pbk.); 022675071X (pbk.); 9780226750682; 022675068XSubject(s): Boulanger, Nadia -- Criticism and interpretationMusic -- France -- 20th century -- History and criticismWomen musicians -- FranceWomen music teachers -- FranceWomen composers -- FranceWomen conductors (Music) -- FranceLOC classification: ML423.B68 | N33 2020
Contents:Preface : The only woman in the picture -- The strange fate of Boulanger and Pugno's La ville morte / Alexandra Laederich -- Serious ambitions : Nadia Boulanger and the composition of La ville morte / Jeanice Brooks, Kimberly Francis -- From the trenches : extracts from the final issue of the Paris Conservatory Gazette / translated by Anna Lehman -- From technique to musique : the institutional pedagogy of Nadia Boulanger / Marie Duchêne-Thégarid -- Nadia Boulanger's 1935 Carte du tendre -- 36 rue Ballu : a multifaceted place / Cédric Segond-Genovesi -- "What an arrival!" : Nadia Boulanger's New world (1925) -- Modern French music : translating Fauré in America, 1925-1945 / Jeanice Brooks -- For Nadia Boulanger : five poems by May Sarton -- Friend and force : Nadia Boulanger's presence in Polish musical culture / Andrea F. Bohlman, J. Mackenzie Pierce -- "What awaits them now?" : a letter to Paris / Zygmunt Mycielski -- A letter from Professor Nadia Boulanger / translated by J. Mackenzie Pierce -- The Beethoven lectures for the Longy School / translated by Miranda Stewart -- Boulanger and atonality : a reconsideration / Kimberly Francis -- Why music? Aesthetics, religion, and the ruptures of modernity in the life and work of Nadia Boulanger / Leon Botstein.
Summary: "Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) was arguably one of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century music, and certainly the most prominent woman musician of her time. Her reputation was such that for any composer, but especially American composers--from Aaron Copland to Philip Glass--a pilgrimage to Paris to study with her was obligatory. But how to define and account for Boulanger's impact on the music world is still unclear. Composer, performer, conductor, impresario, as well as a teacher of great personal charisma and inspirational effect, Boulanger engaged in a vast array of activities in a variety of media, from composition to performance, from private lessons and lecture-recitals to radio broadcasts, conducting, and recording. Her life takes us from a time in the late nineteenth century when it was hardly conceivable for a woman to make a career in music to the moment in the late twentieth century when those careers were imaginable, thanks in great part to the example of Boulanger and others of her generation. Ultimately, this volume takes its title as a topic for exploration-looking at the geography of transatlantic and international exchange and disruption within which her career unfolded and asking what worlds Boulanger belonged to, and in what sense we can consider any of them to be "hers.""--
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Several contributions translated from French.

Includes some texts by Nadia Boulanger.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Preface : The only woman in the picture -- The strange fate of Boulanger and Pugno's La ville morte / Alexandra Laederich -- Serious ambitions : Nadia Boulanger and the composition of La ville morte / Jeanice Brooks, Kimberly Francis -- From the trenches : extracts from the final issue of the Paris Conservatory Gazette / translated by Anna Lehman -- From technique to musique : the institutional pedagogy of Nadia Boulanger / Marie Duchêne-Thégarid -- Nadia Boulanger's 1935 Carte du tendre -- 36 rue Ballu : a multifaceted place / Cédric Segond-Genovesi -- "What an arrival!" : Nadia Boulanger's New world (1925) -- Modern French music : translating Fauré in America, 1925-1945 / Jeanice Brooks -- For Nadia Boulanger : five poems by May Sarton -- Friend and force : Nadia Boulanger's presence in Polish musical culture / Andrea F. Bohlman, J. Mackenzie Pierce -- "What awaits them now?" : a letter to Paris / Zygmunt Mycielski -- A letter from Professor Nadia Boulanger / translated by J. Mackenzie Pierce -- The Beethoven lectures for the Longy School / translated by Miranda Stewart -- Boulanger and atonality : a reconsideration / Kimberly Francis -- Why music? Aesthetics, religion, and the ruptures of modernity in the life and work of Nadia Boulanger / Leon Botstein.

"Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) was arguably one of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century music, and certainly the most prominent woman musician of her time. Her reputation was such that for any composer, but especially American composers--from Aaron Copland to Philip Glass--a pilgrimage to Paris to study with her was obligatory. But how to define and account for Boulanger's impact on the music world is still unclear. Composer, performer, conductor, impresario, as well as a teacher of great personal charisma and inspirational effect, Boulanger engaged in a vast array of activities in a variety of media, from composition to performance, from private lessons and lecture-recitals to radio broadcasts, conducting, and recording. Her life takes us from a time in the late nineteenth century when it was hardly conceivable for a woman to make a career in music to the moment in the late twentieth century when those careers were imaginable, thanks in great part to the example of Boulanger and others of her generation. Ultimately, this volume takes its title as a topic for exploration-looking at the geography of transatlantic and international exchange and disruption within which her career unfolded and asking what worlds Boulanger belonged to, and in what sense we can consider any of them to be "hers.""--

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