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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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Why Music? Aesthetics, Religion, and the Ruptures of Modernity in the Life and Work of Nadia Boulanger

Why Music? Aesthetics, Religion, and the Ruptures of Modernity in the Life and Work of Nadia Boulanger

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(p.303) Why Music? Aesthetics, Religion, and the Ruptures of Modernity in the Life and Work of Nadia Boulanger
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Nadia Boulanger and Her World
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Leon Botstein

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226750859.003.0015

This essay places Nadia Boulanger within a context of the history of ideas as a representative figure of French and wider European intellectual history. It seeks to understand Boulanger’s approach to music in the light of how contemporary theologians and social theorists construed the role of the arts, particularly music, within the terrifying realities of the twentieth century. Boulanger and her generation grappled with music’s place in a future whose continuity with history was shattered by the violent transformation of Europe brought about by World War I. The ethical, social and political aftermath of the distinctively modern technological and bureaucratic barbarism of World War II marked the last period of Boulanger’s career.

Keywords:   Nadia Boulanger, Ernest Renan, Henri Bergson, Guillaume Apollinaire, Mécislas Goldberg, Julien Benda, Jacques Maritain, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt, history of ideas

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