Personalities | Cécile Chaminade | Late Romantic | Classical

(Sa-sel’ Sha-me-nad’) 1857–1944
French composer

At the turn of the century, Chaminade’s tuneful songs and piano pieces were extremely popular, partly due to her tireless promotion of her own music in performances throughout Europe and the US. The best known of these works is the wistful and dramatic piano piece ‘Automne’ from her Etudes de Concert op. 35 (1886). She was also the highly regarded composer of large-scale works such as the comic opera La Sévillane (1882), the choral symphony Les Amazones (1888) and a Concertino for flute and orchestra (1902). In 1913 she became the first female composer to be awarded the Légion d’Honneur.

Recommended Recording:
Piano Music, Peter Jacobs (Hyperion)

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