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Lili Boulanger

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Lili Boulanger


Lili Boulanger (21 August 1893, Paris – 15 March 1918, Mézy-sur-Seine) was a French composer.

Boulanger was born into a family of musicians and showed her gifts at the age of two. It was the same year that she contracted pneumonia which permanently weakened her immune system, an event that would condition the rest of her life, during which she contracted numerous infections until tuberculosis caused her premature death at 24.

She began her musical study with her sister Nadia Boulanger. She was also a student of Paul Vidal at the Paris Conservatory. Despite her illness, Boulanger remained musically studious and active throughout her life, becoming the first woman to win the Prix de Rome in 1913. Her first stay in Rome was interrupted by the First World War, and she returned home to Paris to found the Franco-American Committee at the Paris Conservatory to help musicians who had been sent off to Rome. She continued to compose until her untimely early death.

Works for Winds


  • Notes from score of D'un Matin de Printemps