26 March 2005

  Boulanger, Lili (1893-1918)

Born in Paris. Although she excelled musically, Lili's life was one of pain and set back due to Crohn's disease. Her early musical education consisted of her accompanying Nadia at the Paris Conservatoire, shadowing her at the young age of 5. Her ambition to win the Prix de Rome was achieved in 1913 with Faust et Helene; Boulanger employs leitmotifs with intense dramatic expression and sharp emotional content . A contrast in style can be heard in Clairieres dans le ciel. This setting of 13 poems by Francis Jammes adds to the tradition of the French melodie and are impressionistic. Lili's was obsessed with the number 13 and works this into all aspects of the piece in phrase length and chords, as well as the number of settings Perhaps her most complex, technically mature work is Psalm 130 (1916). The talent and maturity of her work at such a young age is breathtaking. Her last work, Pie Jesu, prophesies her premature death, aged only 24.content but Clairieres dans le ciel a setting of 13 poems are impressionistic.The number 13 obsessed her and dominates these settings in phrase length and chords, as well as the number of settings. Psalm 130 (1916) is perhaps her most complex, technically mature work. Her last work, Pie Jesu, seems to prophesise her own premature death, aged only 24.

See also: Women Composers Vol 1 and Women Composers Vol 1 and The Women´s Philharmonic Compilation
Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women


Choral Works

BBC Philharmonic,CBSO Choir with Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).
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1999          £15  

Vocal Music

Martyn Hill tenor acc. Andrew Ball, piano.
Clairières dans le Ciel
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1994          £15  



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