The Aspen Music Festival and School brings students together with well-known teachers and performers each summer.
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The music teachers spending the summer in the mountain air of Aspen can tell you all about that most famous instructor of them all, Nadia Boulanger, the Parisian whose roster of pupils reads like a historical list of 20th-century composers.The festival – which brings 600 students each summer to the posh ski resort in the Colorado Rockies to study and hobnob with top musicians – has devoted its season to Paris, hoping to highlight the musical contributions of the City of Lights but also to revive its influence on U.S. classical music.Fletcher said that while U.S. audiences are familiar with celebrated works such as Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," which will close the festival on Aug. 19, more contemporary composers draw blank stares.Before Boulanger, U.S. musicians looked largely to Germany whose exacting teachers would rigorously enforce the rules of music.While leading 20th-century French composers Boulez and Messiaen spent time in the U.S., French penetration faded in American musical life where, for many orchestras, Mahler towers above all other modern composers with his structured symphonies.
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