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Teachers, Mentors, and Friends of the Boulanger Sisters
It was at Pugno’s suggestion that Nadia Boulanger transferred from Fauré’s composition class to that of her fellow organist Charles-Marie Widor, who became one of her key supporters. Years later, Widor hired her to teach at his new American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, and when he retired from the Conservatoire, her accompaniment teacher Paul Dukas was appointed in his place.
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 dans le ciel.
After Lili’s death, Nadia became her most dedicated advocate, posthumously programming, performing and promoting her sister’s music at every turn. Nevertheless, Lili’s orchestrated versions of these songs have gone largely unheard, and the complete set of eight has yet to be performed together.
5 pm Performance
Renée Anne Louprette, organ; Nicholas Phan, tenor; The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Lili Boulanger (1893–1918)
From Clairières dans le ciel (1915)
D’un matin de printemps (1918)
Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)
Symphony No. 3, Op. 69 (1895)
Paul Dukas (1865–1935)
Symphony in C (1895–96)
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings in G minor (1934–38)
This performance includes a reception at intermission. Light refreshments will be served.
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