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05 LAST20050121The final years for Lili Boulanger were overshadowed by the knowledge that she was unlikely to have a long life.

Her ill health had deteriorated to such an extent that when, in 1916, she consulted a doctor whilst in Rome, she was diagnosed as having less than two years to live.

Despite her worsening condition she was never more prolific musically.

Some of her most plangent compositions date from this burst of creative activity.

Lili's companions during this time were her sister Nadia and her close friend Miki Pir退, and after her death they both actively promoted her music, although three years after her death PARIS was still discovering Lili Boulanger's achievements.

Lili Boulanger: Vielle Prière Bouddhique

Martial Defontaine (tenor)

Namur Symphony Chorus

Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra

Mark Stringer (conductor)

Lili Boulanger: D'un soir triste

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps

Lili Boulanger: Psaume 129

Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu

Janet Price

Members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Nadia Boulanger (conductor)

Nadia Boulanger: Lux Aeterna for soprano, harp, violin and cello

Isabelle Sabri退 (soprano)

Francis Pierre (harp)

Olivier Charlier (violin)

Raphaëlle Semezis (cello)

Émile Naoumoff (conductor)

Nadia Boulanger: Vers la vie nouvelle

Lili Boulanger: Le Retour

Mitsuko Shirai (mezzo-soprano)

Hartmut Höll (piano).

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

5. Landscapes of Imagination

Death and Legacy

The final years for Lili Boulanger were overshadowed by the knowledge that she was unlikely to have a long life. Her ill health had deteriorated to such an extent that when, in 1916, she consulted a doctor whilst in Rome, she was diagnosed as having less than two years to live.

Despite her worsening condition she was never more prolific musically. Some of her most plangent compositions date from this burst of creative activity. Lili's companions during this time were her sister Nadia and her close friend Miki Pir退, and after her death they both actively promoted her music, although three years after her death Paris was still discovering Lili Boulanger's achievements.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Part Five

Today Donald Macleod tells the story of the astonishing recordings of Bach's organ music made in the wake of the Second World War by Helmut Walcha, and focuses on two of Bach's works that, in different ways, shed light on the issues with which he wrestled during his last years.

Schübler Chorales BWV 645-50

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Silbermann organ of St Pierre-le-Jeune, Strasbourg

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (excerpt) Contrapunctus 6 and 7

Hesperion XX

Jordi Savall (director)

Ich Habe Genug, BWV 82

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Camerata Academica Salzburg

Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

Despite her worsening condition she was never more prolific musically. Some of her most plangent compositions date from this burst of creative activity. Lili's companions during this time were her sister Nadia and her close friend Miki Pir?, and after her death they both actively promoted her music, although three years after her death Paris was still discovering Lili Boulanger's achievements.

Isabelle Sabri? (soprano)