From My Diary: Brief Encounters

Arthur Berger

in Reflections of an American Composer

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780520232518
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928213 | DOI:
From My Diary: Brief Encounters

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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

Chapter.  4330 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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