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July 6, 1913 in Paris the Prix de Rome music award was given to 19 year old french composer Lili Boulanger.  The vote was 31 to 5 to bestow the award on her.

Marie-Juliette Olga Lili Boulanger was born August 21, 1893.  They called her Lili.  She was the second daughter born to the family.  Her older sister Nadia would become a famous music teacher.
1898 - Hans Eisler, German composer, was born in Leipzig.

1916 - Sir Edward Heath, English Prime Minister, conductor and musician, was born.

1934 - Maurice Hasson, French violinist, was born.

1937 - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian-Icelandic pianist and conductor, was born in Gorki.

1964 - The Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night," premiered in London.

1952 - Stephen Hartke, US composer, was born.
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1999 - Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish composer, died in Madrid.
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The girls' grandfather, Frédérick Boulanger,  won first prize in violoncello in his fifth year (1797) at the Paris Conservatoire. Her father, Ernest Boulanger, later studied at the same conservatory, and won the Prix de Rome in 1835. He became a teacher there, and became the teacher of the Russian Princess, Raissa Myshetskaya.  The two married.
Lili Boulanger
Lili Boulanger
Nadia attended classes at the Paris Conservatoire, and before she was five years old Lili began to come along.  She sat in on classes on music theory, and was soon taking organ lessons.  Nadia said that what it took her years to learn about composition, Lili learned in just months.  Lili also learned to play the piano, violin, cello and harp.  Lili also had perfect pitch.

In 1899 Lili was having a conversation with her father when he suddenly died.  The experience affected her deeply, and her compositions took on a feeling of grief and

Nadia tried repeatedly to win the Prix de Rome, but was never successful.  Finally Nadia gave up on the prize, and devoted herself to promoting her sister.  Lili became the first woman to win the Prix de Rome (for her composition Faust et Hélène) when she was just nineteen years old. 

After the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Nadia and Lili founded the Franco-American Committee of the Paris Conservatoire.  Their work designed by the sisters to provide practical support to musicians who had been called up and their families.  They were able to recruit such luminaries as Saint-Saens, Gabriel Faure, Gustave Charpentier and Charles-Marie Widor as sponsors.

Ill health plagued Lili most of her life.  At age two she contracted pneumonia, and her immune system was never the same.  Lili Boulanger died at age 24, March 15, 1918.

Among Lili Boulanger's compositions were:

D'un matin de printemps, (for orchestra) (1917-18)
D'un soir triste, (for orchestra) (1917-18)
Psaume 24, (for tenor, choir, organ, and orchestra) (1916)
Psaume 130,(for alto, tenor, choir, organ, and orchestra) (1910-17)
and her unfinished opera
La princesse Maleine.
Lili and Nadia Boulanger
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