26 March 2005

  Chaminade, Cecile (1857-1944)

Born in Paris. She studied privately with lecturers from the Paris Conservatoire. Her piano music was readily accepted; she toured performing her own music. Her work often has descriptive titles. Many are bright, sensitive works with a firm structure, lyrical melodies and rippling arpeggio accompaniments, as heard in Etude Melodique. Her most popular and well performed work today is her Concertino for Flute and Piano (1902), occuring on many exam syllabus'. She was the first female to be titled Chevaliere de la Legion d'Honneur. She died a recognised and respected composer.

See the compilations Chamber Works and Fleurs Jetees
Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women

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