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By Caroline Potter

Pioneers of their fields and of the best-known girls 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 numerous exciting connections among their musical works. This biography additionally offers the 1st complete research of the Boulanger sisters' musical kinds, putting them in the context of French musical background. Their lives also are a case research within the problems with gender which encompass song making even to the current day. regardless of an surprisingly privileged upbringing, Nadia and Lili Boulanger exemplify the fight ladies skilled while trying to input the pro tune global. Lili turned the 1st lady to win the Prix de Rome in 1913, and Nadia received moment position in 1908. but on the other hand preliminary good fortune, Nadia Boulanger used to be to renounce composing in her thirties and dedicated the rest of her lengthy lifestyles to instructing. Her scholars incorporated numerous of the good composers of the century, together with Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter. This publication, targeting their musical careers, is key analyzing for someone attracted to French tune of the 20th century.

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