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Lili Boulanger: 2 Morceaux: Nocturne and Cortège: Violin

Instrumental Album | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Violin and Piano
Composer Lili Boulanger
Publisher G. Schirmer
Series String Solo
Lili Boulanger was the sister of the famous teacher Nadia Boulanger who taught Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter and Philip Glass amongst others. She was a composer for the last 10 years of her tragically short life - she died at 25 - and her music stands in the main line of French music exemplified by Faure, somewhat tinged with the influence of Debussy's Impressionism. It is generally beautiful, delicately coloured, and touching. These challenging 'Two Pieces for Violin and Piano' exemplify these qualities.

The Nocturne begins sparsely, with bare octave figures wound about with a theme built from a repetitive rise-and-fall figure. As the texture become thicker the violin becomes more virtuosic and begins to climb. There is no harmonic resolution until the final ppp note in the top register, which is answered by an low octave from the piano.
The Cortege is more lively without being fast. Shifting rhythmic accents, tricky runs and contrasting dynamics make this an exciting piece.
Difficulty Intermediate-Advanced
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Instrumental Album
Genre Classical
Size 305 X 229
Pages 12
ISBN 9780793537730
UPC 073999064704
Edition Number GS33533
Catalog No. HL50335330
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Songlist

  1. Nocturne
  2. Cortege (Vn/Pno) Boulanger L
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