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The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.

To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must break them.

Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.

I’ve been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that’s a job where I don’t think sex plays much part.


Igor Stravinsky and Nadia Boulanger

Nothing is better than music… it has done more for us than we have the right to hope for.

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Sisters Lili and Nadia

Among her students were those who became leading composers, soloists, arrangers and conductors, including Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Quincy JonesElliott Carter, Virgil Thomson,  Daniel Barenboim, and Philip Glass.

Boulanger taught in the US and England, working with music academies including the Juilliard School, the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Longy School, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, but her principal base for most of her life was her family’s flat in Paris, where she taught for most of the seven decades from the start of her career until her death at the age of 92.

Boulanger was the first woman to conduct many major orchestras in America and Europe, including the BBC Symphony,Boston Symphony, Hallé, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia orchestras. She conducted several world premieres, including works by Copland and Stravinsky.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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