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LILI BOULANGER  

(1893 - 1918)

Music was second nature for Lili Boulanger who was born on 21 August 1893 in Paris. She had perfect pitch and a love of singing as a child. Fauré himself used to come to her home to read his latest songs with her. From the age of six to sixteen, she studied harmony, played a little piano, violin, cello and even the harp, while discovering new scores, such as Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Her very poor health kept her away from school and from practising too hard. She studied composition with Paul Fidal and Georges Caussade and at the age of nineteen, she was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Premier Grand Prix de Rome for composition. After the great Parisian success of her cantata Faust et Hélène, she travelled through Italy and wrote some of her best works in the Villa Medici in Rome.

Returning to France, she devoted herself to caring for wounded soldiers during the First World War. Knowing that her days were numbered, she worked feverishly. Towards the end of her life, she dictated to a composition, Pie Jesu for her sister. She died on 15 March 1918.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BOULANGER, L.: Clairieres dans le ciel / Clairieres dans le ciel / Dans l'immense tristesse / Attente / Reflets (Beaufort, Fouchecourt) Timpani
1C1128
Vocal, Instrumental
BOULANGER, L.: Psalms - 24, 129, 130 / Pour les funerailles d'un soldat / D'un soir triste / Vieille priere bouddhique (Stringer) Timpani
1C1148
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
BOULANGER, Lili and Nadia: In Memoriam Lili Boulanger Marco Polo
8.223636
Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal
Chamber Music - BEACH, A. / BOULANGER, L. / CLARKE, R. (20th-Century Women Composers) (Windsor, Trio des Alpes) Dynamic
CDS7717
Chamber Music
CLASSIC MOODS - MENDELSSOHN, Felix / DEBUSSY, C. / SCHUMANN, R. / PUCCINI, G. / BIZET, G. / GRIEG, E. Capriccio
C18408
Chamber Music
FAURE / BOULANGER / RAVEL / DEBUSSY: Songs Cedille
CDR90000-054
Vocal
Flute and Harp Arrangements - TARTINI, G. / BACH, J.S. / MOZART, W.A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / LISZT, F. / GRIEG, E. / CHOPIN, F. (Balint, Sipkai) Capriccio
C10748
Chamber Music
LEPAGE-DEAN, Oliver: Evening Hymn (An) - Music for Solo Treble Naxos
8.557129
Chamber Music
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SOUTHERN FRANCE: A Musical Tour of Provence, Cote d'Azur and Camargue Naxos
2.110516
Classical Concert
Vocal and Organ Recital: Brewer, Christine / Jacobs, Paul - BACH, J.S. / GOUNOD, C. / FRANCK, C. / BOULANGER, N. / PUCCINI, G. (Divine Redeemer) Naxos
8.573524
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Komsi, Pila - YANOV-YANOVSKY, D.F. / RAUTAVAARA, E. / BACH, J.S. / PUURTINEN, A. (Solaris) Proprius
PRCD2070
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Sampson, Carolyn - BRITTEN, B. / DEBUSSY, C. / FAURÉ, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / POULENC, F. / SCHUBERT, F. (Fleurs) BIS
BIS-2102
Vocal




 
 
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