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Composer born August 8. A woman for a change. Cécile Chaminade


Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (August 8, 1857 – April 13, 1944) was a French composer and pianist.

Born in Paris, she studied at first with her mother, then with Félix Le Couppey, Augustin Savard, Martin Pierre Marsick and Benjamin Godard, but not officially, since her father disapproved of her musical education.

Her first experiments in composition took place in very early days, and in her eighth year she played some of her sacred music to Georges Bizet, who was much impressed with her talents.

.Ambroise Thomas, the celebrated French composer and writer, once said of Chaminade: “This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.” In 1913, she was awarded the Légion d’Honneur, a first for a female composer.

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Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9cile_Chaminade

You probably think of the flute concertinom but this is a little different.

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3 Responses

  1. Wonderfully apt as we celebrate Women today 🙂

  2. I just updated it with a YouTube selection.
    I did work up a class on Women Composers for the Adult Ed Center, but I could never get enough people to sing up and they kept canceling the class.

  3. Fabulous!

    Nice line about Cécile Chaminade’s study being “unofficial.”

    Gretchen

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