By Kimberly A. Francis
In 1929 Nadia Boulanger permitted Igor Stravinsky's more youthful son, Soulima, as her pupil. inside years, Stravinsky and Boulanger merged their creative spheres, every one influencing and adorning the cultural paintings of the opposite till the composer's dying in 1971.
Teaching Stravinsky tells Boulanger's tale of the ever-changing nature of her fractious dating with Stravinksy. writer Kimberly A. Francis explores how Boulanger's personal expert task throughout the turbulent twentieth-century intersected along with her efforts on behalf of Stravinsky, and the way this facilitated her personal influential conversations with the composer approximately his works whereas additionally drawing her into shut touch along with his relations. during the theoretical lens of Bourdieu, and drawing upon over a thousand pages of letters and ratings, many released right here for the 1st time, Francis examines the level to which Boulanger performed a foundational function in defining, protecting, and eventually consecrating Stravinsky's canonical identification. She considers how the quotidian occasions within the lives of those icons of modernism educated either their artwork and their expert judgements, and convincingly argues for a reevaluation of the effect of ladies on cultural construction in the course of the 20th century.
At as soon as a narrative of 1 woman's shiny friendship with an iconic modernist composer, and a case learn in how gendered polemics proficient specialist negotiations of the artistic-political fields of the twentieth-century, Teaching Stravinsky sheds new mild not just on how Boulanger taught Stravinsky, but additionally how, in doing so, she controlled to steer the process modernism itself.