- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (March 17, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393317137
- ISBN-13: 978-0393317138
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nadia Boulanger: A Life in Music Paperback – January 23, 2013
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Léonie Rosenstiel was born and educated in New York. She is also the author of The Life and Works of Lili Boulanger.
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Like Mr. Shapiro, I wondered why Boulanger couldn't get along with Ravel. That conflict is mentioned for the first time on page 114, phrased in such a way as to imply that the reader already knows about it. I wonder whether the author forgot to explain this, or whether she herself did not know.
I was disappointed that I did not learn more about how Boulanger came to be the composition teacher for most of the outstanding composers of her time. As an aspiring composer, I would like to take those techniques and apply them to myself. But the author does not promise such a discussion, so I can't hold her guilty.
There were individual matters that were such a basic part of her own individuality. She was a complex person, a masterful musician, and perhaps above all -- she was a musician more than anything else. More than being a woman. She lived at the silly time when most women were considered as non-competitive for that very reason. Thank goodness we have passed that time -- except for a few who are not able to think of the world as it now is. Perhaps if you are TRULY interested, you might read a variety of excellent books about her. Then you can sum it up with lots more input. If you aren't that interested at all, then Mlle was not the one for you in the first place. She never enjoyed being around superficial people with superficial approaches toward music.