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Juliette Marie Olga Boulanger
1893 - 1918
France
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Lili Boulanger
Lili (Juliette Marie Olga) Boulanger (21/08/1893 - 15/03/1918), a female French composer, born in Paris. She studied with her elder sister Nadia (1887 - 1979), the famous conductor. She won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1912 with the cantata Faust et Hélène.
Source:Grove’s dictionary of music and musicians
Lili Boulanger (1893 - 1918), sister of the famous teacher Nadia, she was the first woman to receive the Prix de Rome. Aged 2 she contracted bronchial pneumonia which her immune system was severely weakened. For the remainder of her life she was almost always ill with passing infections with chronic intestinal tuberculosis which eventually led to her death, aged 25.
Pie Jesu
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1918
Musical form:fragment
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:5'08''
Label(s):Erol Er96005
Her last work, Pie Jesu, for soprano solo, strings, harp and organ, prophesies her premature death, aged only 24. She dictated the work to her sister Nadia just before she died. Her model: the "Pie Jesu" by Fauré, Nadia's teacher.
Source:booklet of cd: Le plus beau requiem du monde Erol ER96005