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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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Friend and Force: Nadia Boulanger’s Presence in Polish Musical Culture

Friend and Force: Nadia Boulanger’s Presence in Polish Musical Culture

(p.229) Friend and Force: Nadia Boulanger’s Presence in Polish Musical Culture
Nadia Boulanger and Her World

Andrea F. Bohlman

J. Mackenzie Pierce

University of Chicago Press

This chapter frames Nadia Boulanger as a vital force for Polish musicians and musical institutions across the twentieth century. Boulanger taught many generations of Polish students, from the interwar period until her death. The essay explores how her personal and professional networks in Poland evolved as a result of the devastation of World War II, with a particular focus on the composer and critic Zygmunt Mycielski. A special relationship to Boulanger was key to the nation building and early Cold War diplomacy of the People’s Republic of Poland: she was treated to official fanfare by the Polish Composers’ Union and was a guest of honor at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, and a valued juror for the International Chopin Competition in 1957. Her relationship to Poland and with Polish musicians raises larger questions concerning the role of pedagogy as a source of prestige and power, while the relationship of teacher and student we explore situates the politics of friendship at the foundation of internationalist exchange.

Keywords:   Nadia Boulanger, Zygmunt Mycielski, pedagogy, trauma, Warsaw Autumn Festival, cultural diplomacy

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