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By Caroline Potter

Pioneers of their fields and of the best-known ladies in track within the 20th century, Nadia and Lili Boulanger have formerly been thought of in isolation from each other. but, as Caroline Potter's new booklet demonstrates, their careers have been heavily associated in the course of Lili Boulanger's brief lifestyles (1893-1918) and there are a number of exciting connections among their musical works. This biography additionally presents the 1st complete research of the Boulanger sisters' musical types, putting them in the context of French musical historical past. Their lives also are a case examine within the problems with gender which encompass song 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 track international. Lili turned the 1st girl to win the Prix de Rome in 1913, and Nadia received moment position in 1908. but nevertheless preliminary good fortune, Nadia Boulanger was once to renounce composing in her thirties and committed the rest of her lengthy lifestyles to educating. Her scholars integrated numerous of the good composers of the century, together with Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter. This booklet, targeting their musical careers, is key interpreting for someone drawn to French tune of the 20 th century.

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