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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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Boulanger and Atonality: A Reconsideration

Boulanger and Atonality: A Reconsideration

(p.277) Boulanger and Atonality: A Reconsideration
Nadia Boulanger and Her World

Kimberly Francis

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores Nadia Boulanger’s analysis of extended-tonal, atonal, and serial properties in scores found in her teaching library in Lyon, France. Bringing these annotations into dialogue with her published and unpublished writings, this chapter reconstructs Boulanger’s engagement with post-tonal analytical techniques, among them octatonicism and serialism. The works considered include Igor Stravinsky’s L’Oiseau de feu, Béla Bartók’s second violin concerto, Anton Webern’s Streichquartett, op. 28, and Pierre Boulez’s Piano Sonata no. 1. Overall, this evidence shows that Boulanger’s knowledge of modernist compositional techniques spanned her entire teaching career, and her analytical acumen was more comprehensive than previously believed.

Keywords:   Nadia Boulanger, Béla Bartók, Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, music analysis

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