TEACHERS, MENTORS, AND FRIENDS OF THE BOULANGER SISTERS

AUGUST 8, 2021
Sunday at 5 PM

Presented by the Bard Music Festival

Program Five features both Widor’s Third Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (a true orchestral work, unlike the solo pieces he designated “Organ Symphonies”) and Dukas’s masterwork, the consummately orchestrated Symphony in C. These share the program with Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings, which premiered under Boulanger’s direction, and Lili Boulanger’s own orchestrations of her D’un matin de printemps and of eight songs from her innovative cycle Clairières dans le ciel.

Program

Lili Boulanger
From Clairières dans le ciel
D’un matin de printemps

Charles-Marie Widor Symphony No. 3, Op. 69

Paul Dukas Symphony in C

Francis Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings in G minor

Bard Music Festival

The Bard Music Festival returns for its 31st season with an exploration of the life and work of Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), the pioneering Parisian pedagogue, composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and indomitable personality who shaped more than a generation of American musicians. Through a series of themed concert programs, lectures, and panel discussions, Nadia Boulanger and Her World pays tribute to one of the most important female figures in the history of classical music.

The festival will present examples of Boulanger’s own, little-known oeuvre alongside music by her teachers and mentors, including Gabriel FauréLouis Vierne and Charles Marie Widor; her Parisian contemporaries, like Claude DebussyOlivier MessiaenFrancis PoulencMaurice RavelErik Satie and expats George GershwinCole Porter and Igor Stravinsky; her male students, including Jean FrançaixAstor Piazzolla, and illustrious Americans Marc BlitzsteinElliott CarterAaron CoplandPhilip GlassWalter Piston and Virgil Thomson; her female students, like Marcelle de ManziarlyThea MusgraveJulia Perry and Louise Talma; other women composers, Germaine Taillefaire and Lili Boulanger, Nadia’s celebrated sister, among them; and some of the bygone composers whose music she vociferously championed, like MonteverdiBach and Brahms.