A CONDUCTOR'S GUIDE TO THE CHORAL WORKS OF LILI BOULANGER (1893-1918)
Lili Boulanger (1893–1918) composed several significant choral works that deserve recognition in the choral canon. Best known for her Vieille prière bouddhique and psalm settings, Boulanger composed some of her greatest works between bouts of chronic suffering from a variety of intestinal complications now known as Crohn's disease, yet still became the first female composer to win the illustrious Grand Prix de Rome (1913). By addressing these works in a comprehensive manner including formal musical techniques and language solutions, I hope to provide an essential guide for conductors interested in the works of Lili Boulanger. The Conductor’s Guide discusses the following items related to each work: text sources, manuscript information, and dedication data; formal stylistic analysis of treatment of harmony, melody, texture, and motivic usage; performance history including discography, and a detailed description of rehearsal and performance issues. I also offer language assistance in a thorough IPA pronunciation guide and an accompanying pronunciation CD or embedded wave files for those reading the electronic version. The works addressed in this guide are: Hymne au soleil, Pendant la tempête, Pour les funérailles d’un soldat, Psaume 24, Psaume 129, Renouveau, Les sirènes, Soir sur la plaine, Soleils de septembre, Sous-bois, and Vieille prière bouddhique. Deriving conclusions from my analysis of these choral works by Lili Boulanger, I provide a comprehensive Conductor’s Guide to assist future interpreters of her works and enable the conductor to make informed decisions regarding interpretation, style and rehearsal procedure.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:lili boulanger french twentieth century choral music symbolism female composers 20th psalm settings
Date of Publication:01/01/2006