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Nadia Boulanger and Her World$
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Jeanice Brooks

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226750682

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226750859.001.0001

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The Strange Fate of Boulanger and Pugno’s La ville morte

The Strange Fate of Boulanger and Pugno’s La ville morte

(p.1) The Strange Fate of Boulanger and Pugno’s La ville morte
Nadia Boulanger and Her World

Alexandra Laederich

, Charlotte Mandell
University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the tribulations that marked the dissemination of an extraordinary work, La ville morte, from its genesis in 1910 through to its recent rebirth. Nadia Boulanger and Raoul Pugno composed the opera in partnership on a text by Gabriele D’Annunzio, who created the libretto based on his own play. The work is the fruit of an enthusiastic collaboration between three great artists, inspired by a powerful drama and drawing upon exceptional creative force. The promise of a premiere on the stage of the Paris Opéra-Comique in 1914 offered a brilliant future for La ville morte. But this was marred by dramatic circumstances: death, war, oblivion. The chapter also provides a census of sources for the work and their locations.

Keywords:   Nadia Boulanger, Raoul Pugno, Gabriele D'Annunzio, La ville morte, women composers

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