Lili Boulanger
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1893-08-21
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Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger Biography (BBC)

Lili Boulanger's early death was only the last of her misfortunes. At the age of two she narrowly survived a severe bout of bronchial pneumonia, and was left with a much-reduced resistance to illness. During the twenty-two years remaining to her she suffered not only from the intestinal complaint that eventually killed her but also, in spite of every effort made by her family to protect her, from a variety of infectious diseases.

Rarely in good health, she experienced little of real life - even though the maturity of her music suggests that she knew as much about it as anyone twice her age. When she should have been enjoying the rewards of her extraordinary achievement as the first woman composer ever to win the coveted Prix de Rome - with an inspired setting of a pseudo-Goethe text, Faust et Hélène (1913) - the outbreak of war interrupted her period of residence at the Villa Medici in Rome. The war also disrupted musical life in Paris and, when she might otherwise have been consolidating her career, she made it her duty to organise a morale-boosting supply of letters and parcels to Conservatoire students on military service. She did, however, find the energy to write most of her major works at this time, including her three fervent Psalm settings for chorus and orchestra.

With her illness came an indomitable will to work and a determination to develop her own creative personality. Her campaign to win the Prix de Rome - which her father Ernest Boulanger had won in 1835 and which her elder sister Nadia had just failed to win in 1908 - was the first stage in a calculated strategy. Having prepared herself at the Paris Conservatoire to excel in the academic techniques which the competition jury required, and having duly secured the first prize, she promptly set about adapting them to her own voice and her own vision. While not abandoning triadic harmonies and major and minor tonalities, she significantly modified their sound and their expressive implications, not least - and not without some influence from Fauré and Debussy - by deflecting them in a variety of modal directions.

Lili enjoyed some good fortune too. She inherited both high intelligence and perfect pitch, grew up in a sophisticated musical family (where it was not unusual for her to sight-read FaurŽÕs latest songs for him), and had the benefit of a fiercely protective Russian princess for a mother and a formidably professional composition teacher for a sister. Without Nadia's support, Lili would surely not, in the twenty or so high-quality scores she completed, have achieved so much in so short a time. The inspiration, on the other hand - the need to come to terms through her music with the prospect of an early death - was something unique to her. Lili Boulanger's last work, an economical setting of the Pie Jesu dictated to her sister from her deathbed, was a requiem for herself.

Gerald Larner

Lili Boulanger Biography (Wikipedia)

Marie-Juliette Olga "Lili" Boulanger (21 August 1893 – 15 March 1918) was a French composer, and the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize. Her older sister was the noted composer and composition teacher Nadia Boulanger.

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Lili Boulanger
Psalm 24 La terre appartient a l'Eternel
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Psalm 24 La terre appartient a l'Eternel

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Du fond de l’abime (Psalm 130)
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Du fond de l’abime (Psalm 130)

Du fond de l’abime (Psalm 130)

Performer
J J Grunenwald, organ; Chorale Elisabeth Brasseur, Orchestre Lamourex; Igor Markevitch, cond.
Lili Boulanger
Vous m'avez regarde avec tout votre ame
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Vous m'avez regarde avec tout votre ame
Lili Boulanger
Les Sirènes
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Les Sirènes

Les Sirènes

Performer
Matilda Karkkainen
Choir
Atta Ensemble
Singer
Sophie Klussmann
Victoire Bunel
Lili Boulanger
D'un matin de Printemps
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D'un matin de Printemps

D'un matin de Printemps

Orchestra
Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor
Lili Boulanger
Nocturne et Cortege
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Nocturne et Cortege
Lili Boulanger
D'un matin de printemps
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D'un matin de printemps
Lili Boulanger
Theme et variations for piano
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Theme et variations for piano
Lili Boulanger
Hymne au soleil
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Hymne au soleil
Lili Boulanger
Les lilas qui avaient fleuri
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Les lilas qui avaient fleuri
Lili Boulanger
Psalm 24
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Psalm 24
Lili Boulanger
Psalm 130 Du fond de l'abime
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Psalm 130 Du fond de l'abime
Lili Boulanger
Faust et Helene
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Faust et Helene
Lili Boulanger
Vieille priere bouddhique
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Vieille priere bouddhique
Lili Boulanger
Psalm 24 La terre appartient a l'Eternel
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Psalm 24 La terre appartient a l'Eternel
Lili Boulanger
Pie Jesu
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Pie Jesu

Pie Jesu

Singer
Alain Fauqueur
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Lili Boulanger
Les Sirènes
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Les Sirènes
Lili Boulanger
La Source
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La Source
Lili Boulanger
Sous-Bois
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Sous-Bois
Lili Boulanger
Hymne au Soleil
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Hymne au Soleil
Lili Boulanger
Psalm 129
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Psalm 129
Lili Boulanger
D'un matin de printemps
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D'un matin de printemps
Lili Boulanger
Psalm 24
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Psalm 24

Psalm 24

Choir
Chorale Elisabeth Brasseur
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Lili Boulanger
Prelude in D flat
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Prelude in D flat
Lili Boulanger
D'un jardin clair
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D'un jardin clair
Lili Boulanger
Deux Morceaux pour violon et piano: Nocturne
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Deux Morceaux pour violon et piano: Nocturne
Lili Boulanger
Nocturne
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Nocturne
Lili Boulanger
Nocturne for flute and piano
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Nocturne for flute and piano
Lili Boulanger
D'un matin de printemps
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D'un matin de printemps
Lili Boulanger
Nocturne
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Nocturne
Lili Boulanger
D'un Vieux Jardin
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D'un Vieux Jardin

D'un Vieux Jardin

Performer
Judith Pfeiffer
Lili Boulanger
Au pied de mon lit (Clairières dans le ciel)
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Au pied de mon lit (Clairières dans le ciel)
Lili Boulanger
Nocturne
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Nocturne
Lili Boulanger
Vieille Priere Bouddhique
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Vieille Priere Bouddhique
Lili Boulanger
Les Sirenes
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Les Sirenes

Les Sirenes

Performer
Matilda Karkkainen
Singer
Sophie Klussmann
Victoire Bunel
Ensemble
Atta Ensemble
Lili Boulanger
D'un Soir Triste
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D'un Soir Triste
Lili Boulanger
Nocturne and Cortège
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Nocturne and Cortège
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