Boulanger, Nadia

July 13, 2020, 7:00 pm

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Virgil Thomson once said, “In every town in the United States you find a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student,” and he wasn’t far off. Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Ástor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones. This week we’ll hear some of her own compositions, works by her talented sister, Lily, and performances of her prolific students. Bill features Nadia conducting her close friend Igor Stravinsky’s composition Dumbarton Oaks, and ends this retrospective of Nadia Boulanger listening to Piazzolla’s Oblivion.


Episode 1

Nadia Boulanger: Trois Pièces
I. Modéré
II. Sans vitesse et á l’aise
III. Vite et nerveusement rhythmé
Belmont Trio: Maxine Neuman, vc.; Karin Scholz, gtr.; Peter Erns, gtr.
Bella Musica

Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps
The Women’s Philharmonic/Jo Ann Falletta
Koch 7169 (excerpt)

Nadia Boulanger: Vers La Vie Nouvelle
Emile Naoumoff, piano
Marco Polo 8.223636

Aaron Copland: Symphony For Organ & Orchestra
1. Prelude; 2. Scherzo; 3. Finale
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Power Biggs, orgAN
Sony 47232

Copland: Appalachian Spring (excerpt)
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Pro Arte 140

Episode 2

Virgil Thomson: Symphony On A Hymn Tune
1. Introduction & Allegro
2. Andante Cantabile
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/James Sedares
Naxos 8.559022

Thomson: “Pour Chercher Sur La Carte Des Mers”
Glenn Siebert, ten.; Phillip Bush, p.
Albany Troy 272

Thomson: Sentimental Tango No. 1
Bennett Lerner, piano
Etcetera 1019

Robert Russell Bennett: Hexapoda (excerpts)
Jascha Heifetz, v.; Brooks Smith, p.
RCA 61750

Igor Markevitch: Noces, I
Kolja Lessing, piano
Largo 56639

Douglas Moore: The Ballad of Baby Doe
“Willow, where we met together”
“Warm as the Autumn Light”
“The Ballad of Baby Doe “
NYC Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Buckley
Beverly Sills, sop.; Walter Cassel, bar.
DG 465148

Sir Lennox Berkeley: Serenade For Strings
I. Vivace
III. Lento

English Sinfonia/John Farrer
IMP Masters 60

Episode 3

Bernard Rogers: Once Upon A Time
1. The Tinder-Box Soldier
2. The Song of Rapunzel
3. The Story of a Darning Needle
4. Dance of The Twelve Princesses
5. The Ride of Koschei The Deathless
Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Hanson
Mercury 434319
13:08, :22

Stravinsky: Infernal Dance of King Kashchei (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony/Boulez
DG 437850

David Diamond: Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Delos 3110

Louise Talma: Soundshots
Whirling Pinwheels, The Robin, Duck Duet &
The Bird Says “Bob-White”
Sahan Arzruni, piano
New World 80590

Roy Harris: Symphony No. 1, III
Louisville Orchestra/Jorge Mester
Albany 012

Walter Piston: Symphony No. 2, III
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Naxos 8.559161

Walter Piston: Quintet for Pianoforte and String Quartet, I
Portland String Quartet, Leonard Hokanson, piano
Northeastern 232

Piston: Symphony No. 4,
Movement I
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Delos 3106

Episode 4

Igor Stravinsky: Concerto In E-flat for Chamber Orchestra, Dumbarton Oaks, Mvt. I

Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Igor Stravinsky
Sony 710311

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48
In Paradisum
BBC Symphony and Chorus/Nadia Boulanger
BBC Legends 4026

Karel Husa: Apotheosis Of This Earth – III. Post Script
The Louisville Orchestra, University Of Louisville Concert Choir/Husa
First Edition 0009

Easley Blackwood: Symphony No. 1, Op. 3,
I (excerpt), III
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch
Cedille 90000016
:31, 5:24

Easley Blackwood: Symphony No. 5, Op. 34, II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James DePreist
Cedille 90000016

Ned Rorem: “For Poulenc” & “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”              Susan Graham, mezzo-sopranos.; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Erato 80222

Episode 5

Ross Lee Finney: Fiddle-Doodle-Ad (excerpts)
I. Rosin the Bow
II. Rye Whiskey
III. Wayfaring Stranger
Miranda Cuckson, violin; Thomas Sauer, piano
Centaur 2757

Finney: Sonata No. 2 (excerpt)
Miranda Cuckson, v.; Thomas Sauer, p.
Centaur 2757

Adolphus Hailstork: Epitaph For A Man Who Dreamed
Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman
Cedille 061

Elliott Carter: A Symphony of Three Orchestras
New York Philharmonic/Pierre Boulez, Gerald Schwartz, tpt.
Sony 68334
15:48, 1:09

Michel Legrand: “Les parapluies de Cherbourg”
Legrand, piano; Jessye Norman, sop.
Phil 456654

Astor Piazzolla: Adiós Nonino
Milan Records 

Aaron Copland: Concerto for Clarinet, I (excerpt)
I Musici De Montreal/Yuli Turovsky
Chan 9848