Nadia Boulanger

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Monday, August 01, 2011

"Every town in the United States had a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student," Virgil Thompson once said, and he wasn't far off.  Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Ástor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones, and this week we'll hear some of her compositions and performances alongside those of her prolific students.

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Melissa Berry from Los Angeles

I was fortunate enough to spend time with Mlle Boulanger at both Fountainebleau and at 1 Place Lili Boulanger in Autumn of 1975 because my husband at the time was a student of hers and Olivier Messiaen. As a not very talented piano student while in college, this was an extraordinary treat for me: all the pleasure and none of the responsibility. Her stories were so wonderful. And her spontaneity in demonstrating something when at the keyboard was amazing, especially when considering her eyesight was so frail. Thank you for these lovely programs. They refresh very fond memories.

Aug. 04 2011 11:12 PM

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