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Reflections of an American Composer$
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Arthur Berger

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232518

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232518.001.0001

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From My Diary: Brief Encounters

From My Diary: Brief Encounters

(p.220) 18 From My Diary: Brief Encounters
Reflections of an American Composer

Arthur Berger

University of California Press

The author shares his brief encounters with composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Nadia Boulanger, Darius Milhaud, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, and various other composers. During one of his visits to Stravinsky, the composer confided in the author that when he came across a musical line that would traditionally be scored for violin(s) he would very likely put it into the trumpet or some other wind instrument. During a meeting with female composer Nadia Boulanger, the composer said that she should have been a man, as a woman cannot have a career. Darius Milhaud was a colleague of author at Mills College and appreciated author's compositions. During his visit to Thomson's New York apartment at the Chelsea Hotel in the mid-1930s, the author noticed the Victorian décor of the apartment.

Keywords:   Virgil Thomson, Chelsea Hotel, political leanings, composers, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Nadia Boulanger, Darius Milhaud

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