Archive for November, 2013

Lili Boulanger, D’un matin de printemps

Friday, 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…)

Haydn, Piano Trio Hob.XV:26 in f-sharp minor

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Piano Trio Hob.XV:26 in f-sharp minor, c. 1795

Haydn is well known for his monumental achievements with the symphony and the string quartet but he was equally prodigious in at least two other genres at the heart of the classical tradition: the keyboard sonata and the keyboard trio, both transitioning from the harpsichord to the piano during the course of his career. Haydn composed something like fifty keyboard sonatas and another forty or so keyboard trios. The final ten “late” trios were written between 1794 and 1797 specifically for the piano rather than the harpsichord. They are known as the “London Trios” since Haydn wrote them primarily during his second, marvelously successful trip to England following his retirement from service to the Hungarian Esterházys. (more…)