She Was Music’s Greatest Teacher. And Much More.

She Was Music’s Greatest Teacher. And Much More.

Nadia Boulanger, largely remembered today as a highly influential teacher of composers, was also a conductor and composer herself. © Archives Centre international Nadia et Lili Boulanger, Paris

A festival broadens our understanding of Nadia Boulanger, the pathbreaking composer, conductor and thinker.

For several months in 1916, the sisters Nadia and Lili Boulanger stayed together at the Villa Medici in Rome. A residency at the villa was typically awarded to the winner of the Prix de Rome, a major competition for French composers; Lili had won in 1913, but an earlier visit to Italy had been interrupted by the outbreak of World War I. Full story.

William Robin (The New York Times) / July 30, 2021

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