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Nadia Boulanger

“Every town in the United States had a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student,” Virgil Thomson once said, and he wasn’t far off. Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Ástor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones, and this week we’ll hear some of her compositions and performances alongside those of her prolific students.

 
Program 1

Famous Parisian music teacher.

Nadia Boulanger: Trois Pièces
 I. Modéré
 II. Sans vitesse et á l’aise
 III. Vite et nerveusement rhythmé
Belmont Trio: Maxine Neuman, vc.; Karin Scholz, gtr.; Peter Erns, gtr.
Bella Musica
7:09
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Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps (excerpt)
The Women’s Philharmonic/Jo Ann Falletta
Koch 7169
1:27
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Nadia Boulanger: Vers La Vie Nouvelle
Emile Naoumoff, p.
Marco Polo 8.223636
4:37
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Aaron Copland: Symphony For Organ & Orchestra
 1. Prelude
 2. Scherzo
 3. Finale
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein; E. Power Biggs, org.
Sony 47232
5:57, :34, :42, 18:34
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Copland: Appalachian Spring (excerpt)
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Pro Arte 140
6:53
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Program 2

Virgil Thomson: Symphony On A Hymn Tune
 1. Introduction & Allegro
 2. Andante Cantabile
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/James Sedares
Naxos 8.559022
12:56
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Thomson: “Pour Chercher Sur La Carte Des Mers”
Glenn Siebert, ten.; Phillip Bush, p.
Albany Troy 272
1:20
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Thomson: Sentimental Tango No. 1
Bennett Lerner, p.
Etcetera 1019
1:29
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Robert Russell Bennett: Hexapoda (excerpts)
Jascha Heifetz, v.; Brooks Smith, p.
RCA 61750
3:34
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Igor Markevitch: Noces, I
Kolja Lessing, p.
Largo 56639
2:06
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Markevitch: Sinfonietta, I & II
Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra/Christopher Lyndon-Gee
Marco Polo 8.223653
8:05
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Douglas Moore: “Willow, where we met together” & “Warm as the Autumn Light” from The Ballad of Baby Doe
NYC Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Buckley; Beverly Sills, sop.; Walter Cassel, bar.
DG 465148
7:09
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Moore: The Letter Song from The Ballad of Baby Doe
Met Opera Orch/Levine, Renée Fleming, s.
Lon 460567
3:40
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Sir Lennox Berkeley: Serenade For Strings
 I. Vivace
 III. Lento

English Sinfonia/John Farrer
IMP Masters 60
5:47
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Thomson: “Susie Asado”
Glenn Siebert, ten.; Phillip Bush, p.
Albany Troy 272
1:34
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Program 3

Bernard Rogers: Once Upon A Time
 1. The Tinder-Box Soldier
 2. The Song Of Rapunzel
 3. The Story Of A Darning Needle
 4. Dance Of The Twelve Princesses
 5. The Ride Of Koschei The Deathless
Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Hanson
Mercury 434319
13:08, :22
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Stravinsky: Infernal Dance of King Kashchei (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony/Boulez
DG 437850
:33
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David Diamond: Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Delos 3110
7:11
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Louise Talma: Whirling Pin Wheels, The Robin, Duck Duet & The Bird Says “Bob-White” fr. Soundshots
Sahan Arzruni, p.
New World 80590
3:13
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Roy Harris: Symphony No. 1, III
Louisville Orchestra/Jorge Mester
Albany 012
6:39
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Walter Piston: Symphony No. 2, III
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Naxos 8.559161
4:34
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Piston: Quintet for Pianoforte and String Quartet, I
Portland String Quartet, Leonard Hokanson, p.
Northeastern 232
5:48
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Piston: Symphony No. 4, I
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Delos 3106
6:17
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Program 4

Igor Stravinsky: Concerto In E-flat for Chamber Orchestra, Dumbarton Oaks, I
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Igor Stravinsky
Sony 710311
4:25, :17
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Sir Lennox Berkeley: Serenade For Strings, I (excerpt)
English Sinfonia/John Farrer
Imp Masters 60
:14
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Gabriel Fauré: In Paradisum fr. Requiem, Op. 48
BBC Symphony and Chorus/Nadia Boulanger
BBC Legends 4026
3:44
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Stanisław Skrowaczewski: Concerto For English Horn And Orchestra, II
Minnesota Orchestra/Skrowaczewski; Thomas Stacy, eng. horn
Phoenix USA 120
4:23
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Karel Husa: Apotheosis Of This Earth – III. Post Script
The Louisville Orchestra, University Of Louisville Concert Choir/Husa
First Edition 0009
6:34
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Easley Blackwood: Symphony No. 1, Op. 3, I (excerpt), III
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch
Cedille 90000016
:31, 5:24
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Easley Blackwood: Symphony No. 5, Op. 34, II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/James DePreist
Cedille 90000016
11:02
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Ned Rorem: “For Poulenc” & “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Susan Graham, ms.; Malcolm Martineau, p.
Erato 80222
4:28
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Program 5

Ross Lee Finney: Fiddle-Doodle-Ad (excerpts)
 I. Rosin The Bow
 II. Rye Whiskey
 III. Wayfaring Stranger
Miranda Cuckson, v.; Thomas Sauer, p.
Centaur 2757
3:23
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Finney: Sonata No. 2 (excerpt)
 V. Tranquility
Miranda Cuckson, v.; Thomas Sauer, p.
Centaur 2757
1:27
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Adolphus Hailstork: Epitaph For A Man Who Dreamed
Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman
Cedille 061
7:42
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Elliott Carter: A Symphony of Three Orchestras
New York Philharmonic/Pierre Boulez, G. Schwartz, tpt.
Sony 68334
15:48, 1:09
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Michel Legrand: “Les parapluies de Cherbourg”
Legrand, p.; Jessye Norman, sop.
Phil 456654
3:46
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Phillip Glass: Act 2 Interlude fr. Orphée
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
None 79496
2:31
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Astor Piazzolla: Adiós Nonino
7:47
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Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
Fabulous Records
3:36
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Aaron Copland: Concerto for Clarinet, I (excerpt)
I Musici De Montreal/Yuli Turovsky
Chan 9848
3:07
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