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By Caroline Potter

Pioneers of their fields and of the best-known ladies in tune within the 20th century, Nadia and Lili Boulanger have formerly been thought of in isolation from each other. but, as Caroline Potter's new publication demonstrates, their careers have been heavily associated in the course of Lili Boulanger's brief lifestyles (1893-1918) and there are numerous interesting connections among their musical works. This biography additionally presents the 1st complete research of the Boulanger sisters' musical kinds, putting them in the context of French musical historical past. Their lives also are a case learn within the problems with gender which encompass track making even to the current day. regardless of an strangely privileged upbringing, Nadia and Lili Boulanger exemplify the fight ladies skilled while trying to input the pro song global. Lili grew to become the 1st girl to win the Prix de Rome in 1913, and Nadia received moment position in 1908. but even so preliminary good fortune, Nadia Boulanger used to be to renounce composing in her thirties and committed the rest of her lengthy existence to instructing. Her scholars incorporated numerous of the nice composers of the century, together with Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter. This ebook, concentrating on their musical careers, is vital examining for somebody attracted to French tune of the 20 th century.

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