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August 2021

The Exemplary Musician

August 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

AUGUST 6, 2021 Friday at 5 PM Presented by the Bard Music Festival Anchored by TŌN, and exploiting Bard’s unusual ability to integrate orchestral, choral, solo and chamber works within a single event, this opening concert pairs several of Nadia Boulanger’s own compositions—her Mussorgskian piano piece Vers la vie nouvelle, selected songs and Lux aeterna, her brief tribute to her sister, Lili—with music by some of her most distinguished female students. Nadia Boulanger Vers la vie nouvelle Songs Lux aeterna Lili Boulanger…

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Teachers, Mentors, and Friends

August 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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…

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Crosscurrents: Salon and Concert Hall

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

AUGUST 13, 2021 Friday at 7 PM Presented by the Bard Music Festival Salons were a haven for the Parisian avant-garde, especially those of Boulanger’s colorful friend and patron, the sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac. It was there that many ensemble pieces first came to life, including Lipatti’s neo-Baroque Concertino. Boulanger also led the first performance of Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto, having instigated its creation; it was her idea for Washington’s Bliss family to commission the…

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