A French composer, conductor, and outstanding teacher was Nadia Boulanger, born (16 September 1887) and died (22 October 1979) in Paris.
So many musicians - Daniel Barenboim, Lennox Berkeley, Aaron Copland, David Diamond, Adolphus Hailstork, Ralph Kirkpatrick and Dinu Lipatti, to name but a few - came under her spell and benefited immensely in their art.
She was amongst the first to discover and promulgate the delights of Claudio Monteverdi.
A selection of M&V articles about Nadia Boulanger
CD Spotlight. Dazzling Tracks - Dinu Lipatti, heard by Joanne Chang. '... skillfully and brilliantly carried out.'
Profile. All-Involving - Turkish pianist Idil Biret talks to Bill Newman
Masks - Jennifer Paull continues her investigation of musical and theatrical masks
Masks - Jennifer Paull investigates a layering of musical and theatrical masks, with the omnipresent eerie reminder of the gas mask
CD Spotlight. Powerful Beauty - Works by Fauré for Cello and Piano, recommended by George Balcombe. '... a profoundly moving sound ...'
Ensemble. Exceptional Gifts - Lawrence Budmen reports from the 2009 Miami International Piano Festival
CD Spotlight. Intimate Mode - Quartets by Evans, Glass, Antheil and Herrmann, recommended by Howard Smith. '... wholly engaging ...'
CD Spotlight. A Curious Recital - Paul Calistus-Ashley plays Poulenc, Schubert and Dett, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... verve and sensitivity.'
The last class - Memories of Nadia Boulanger, from Jenna Orkin of wtceo.org