Saturday 26th June – live streaming at 19:30 (PDT)
The American Conservatory at Fontainebleau opened its doors to students on June 26th, 1921. Held in the Palace of Fontainebleau, which was built during the reign of Francois the First in 1529, the school had been established by the governments of France and the United States to offer to Americans the opportunity to experience the long tradition of French musical pedagogy. Among the teachers was Nadia Boulanger, then a 34 year-old teacher of harmony. In the first class was Aaron Copland, who discovered Mlle. Boulanger there, and remained in Paris for the next three years to study with her. Composers from America and around the world came to study with Mlle. Boulanger from then until her death at the age of 91 in 1979.
This concert includes pieces by seven composers who attended Fontainebleau during the last decade of Mlle. Boulanger’s teaching. Each composer is represented by approximately ten minutes of music; their piece or pieces are preceded by a brief video of testimony about Fontainebleau and Mlle. Boulanger by each composer.
The concert will feature two of my works:
Triflute’s Travels in Saturn’s Magic Square (1975)