Are you familiar with any works by Cecile Chaminade (1857–1944)? Born in the nineteenth century, Chaminade was a gifted pianist and composer who, unlike some of her female contemporaries, did not struggle to make a name for herself during her lifetime. Last time we looked at her life as a musician. Today, let’s listen to one of her compositions.
Chaminade was quite prolific, having over 350 works to her credit including a comic opera, ballet, choral symphony, chamber and orchestral works, songs, and piano pieces. She became popular during her day because many of her pieces were perfect for trendy domestic music-making. Due to this popularity, many of her works were actually published within her lifetime.
Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Piano, op. 107 is one popular work that you may hear now and then on 90.9 WGUC. This work was written for the Conservatoire’s annual flute contest in 1902. Today, the piece has made it into the standard flute repertoire. Below, listen to James Galway perform this delightful work.
Next week, we will wrap up this month’s look at women composers by discussing the Boulanger sisters!