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Lili Boulanger

Composer Lili Boulangerpublic domain, via wikimedia commons

June 08, 2021

Composer Lili Boulanger devoted herself to what seemed like an impossible goal. She wanted to win the biggest composition prize of the day, the Prix de Rome, which had only ever been won by men. On today's show, learn about the life and music of Lili Boulanger...and find out if she achieved her goal.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Laudate Dominum, K. 339
Joshua Bell, violin
Orchestra of St. Luke's | Michael Stern, conductor
Album: Joshua Bell - Voice of the Violin
Sony 97779

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
IRIS Orchestra | Michael Stern, conductor
IRIS Orchestra, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN

Max Bruch: Octet for Strings in B-flat, Op. Post
Christiano Rodrigues, violin & conductor
Hannah Willard, violin
Vyara Hristova, violin
Holly Workman, violin
Kenneth Holmes, viola
Emily Townsend, viola
Kyle Stachnik, cello
Thomas Forletti, double bass
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Astor Piazzola, arr. Julian Milone: Libertango
Yu-Chien Tseng, violin
David Chan, violin
Shih-Kai Lin, violin
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Peter Lloyd, double bass
Taipei Music Academy & Festival (TMAF), National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

Hour 2


Camille Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals (selections)
R Capucon, E Hoppe, violins; B Muthelet, viola; G Capucon, cello; J Saksala, double bass; F Braley, M Dalberto, pianos; E Pahud, flute; P Meyer, clarinet; F Jodelet, xylophone
Le Carnaval Des Animaux
Virgin 45603

Camille Saint-Saens: Morceau de Concert for Horn and Piano, Op. 94
Jeffrey Fair, horn | Paige Roberts Molloy, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Center for Chamber Music, Seattle WA

Luo Zongxian and Ge Yan, arr. Zou Ye: Ashima, Symphonic Suite
Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra | Huang Yi, conductor
Music in the Air (MISA), Shanghai, Concert Hall, Symphony Hall, Shanghai, China

Lili Boulanger: Nocturne
Suzanne Bona, flute | Greg Kostraba, piano
Music for Flute, Cello & Piano by Women Composers
Kickshaw Records 1002