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Nadia Boulanger: A Life in Music

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Nadia Boulanger's life spanned nearly a century, and at her death she was still director of the American School of Music at Fontainebleau, which she helped found after World War I. Enormously influential, she taught many distinguished performers and composers—among them Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, and Elliott Carter. She helped American music gain worldwide recognition. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 17th 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published March 1998)
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May 25, 2012 Stas rated it did not like it
Very shoddy. Constant psycho-babble. No references whatsoever.
May 01, 2011 Eleanor rated it did not like it
How can any scholar take this book seriously? It reads like a tabloid, suffocating actual events with melodramatic language in order to portray a woman as a much more dramatic character than she probably was. This is clear when you read just about any other published book on Nadia Boulanger. It's also obvious that whoever Leonie Rosenstiel was, she had great distaste for Ms. Boulanger. Detail is given to (probably fabricated) embellishments on Boulanger's appearance and tone of voice rather than ...more
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Apr 16, 2015 Anne Depaulis rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this biography and getting to know Nadia Boulanger and her fascinating life. Unfortunately she doesn't get the credit she deserves in France and perhaps this book should be translated into French.
Feb 11, 2015 ND rated it liked it
I didn't really finish this book, but it was due at the library, and had been such a slog that I thought it was okay to abandon it at Chapter 18 or so. Interesting woman, but hard to read about her busy,
successful, repressed life.
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