17 Mar 2011

Composer of the Week – Cécile Chaminade

I’m happy to present an amazing piano composer as our Composer of the Week – Cécile Chaminade! (1857-1944)
A French musician and composer, Chaminade studied piano in secret when she was young, because he father disapproved of her musical endeavors. She was a popular composer of smaller pieces for the piano, mostly character and salon songs, and her works were very extensively published around the world. Almost 200 of her works were published in her lifetime. She was the first female composer to be awarded the Legion of Honor, in 1913.
Now let’s hear some of her beautiful music; two pieces for piano, and one for flute. Some of Chaminade’s music will be performed as part of our Women’s Voices Festival at a Grand America Tea on Saturday, March 19th, 2011. Click here for more information, and how to buy tickets.

Les Sylvains

Concertino for Flute and Orchestra (arranged for piano)