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String Quartet in F
The Western musical canon came about not merely by accumulation, but by opposition and subversion, both to the ruling powers on whom composers depended for their livelihoods and to other musics. Brian Ferneyhough

Lili Boulanger, D’un matin de printemps

November 15th, 2013

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

D’un matin de printemps, 1918

Nadia Boulanger was one of the most important composition teachers of the 20th century influencing a number of young composers particularly from England and America including such noteworthy students as Aaron Copland and Philip Glass among others. Lili Boulanger was her younger sister whom Nadia considered more talented than herself, perhaps a chief influence on her decision to teach rather than compose. Lili was recognized as a child prodigy and pursued a life as a gifted composer. She was plagued with poor health from a young age including intestinal tuberculosis (known as Crohn’s disease) that ultimately claimed her life at the tragically young age of 24. A nineteen-year-old Lili made the news in 1913 as the first woman to win the Prix de Rome, a distinguished award for composition that her father had also won years before. « more »

Exploring the String Quartet—The First 250 Years

Exploring the String QuartetSince its birth around 1760, the string quartet has maintained a vital and profound hold on composers, players and listeners: it has been the vehicle par excellence for a rich continuum of some of the finest music composed throughout the last 250 years. Across time, nationality, and centuries of changing style, the string quartet has formed the backbone of small ensemble chamber music with a rich lore. Music for the string quartet consistently features lyrical beauty, complex harmony, intense passion, powerful rhythm and elegant formal design. From the most intimate personal expression to the most brilliant virtuosity, from the ancient and otherworldly to edgy grooves of the present day, the string quartet appears to be an infinitely flexible ensemble engaging great composers and performers in one of the richest living traditions of music in all of history. For many, if not most, however, it a rarely encountered “hidden” genre, while historically, culturally, musically, for others, it is the mother lode. Take some time to discover this stunning genre, the heart of the matter. Explore

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