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Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944)
two hundred and fifty years
of music by women
Chaminade wrote prolifically, and nearly all her approximately 400
compositions were published in her life time. Although she wrote
orchestral pieces (including the successful piano Conzertstucke, and
flute Concertino, a symphony and a ballet), her most popular works were
her piano pieces, most of them character pieces, and more than 125
melodies. The music is tuneful and highly accessible, with clear
textures and mildly chromatic harmonies, with a typically french wit
and colour. She made extensive concert tours as a pianist, performing
regularly in England, including as a welcome guest of Queen Victoria.
Many Chaminade Clubs were formed in the USA around 1900, and in 1908
she made a tour of twelve American cities. The later 20th century
disparagement of late-Romantic French music meant that interest in her
music died after her death.
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Trio pour Piano, Violon et Violoncelle, Op 11. 1881
1. Allego, G minor. 2. Andante - Animato - Tempo primo, E flat major. 3. Presto leggiero,G major. 4. Allegro molto agitato G minor. 22 mins
Though a relatively early work, Chaminade shows great assurance in this
Trio. It is a typical piece for its elegance and attractiveness.
Graceful tunes with flowing momentum characterise the first movement. A gorgeous string tune frames a brief animato in the second. Feather-light semiquavers shimmer through the Presto, with nimble chromatics and arpeggios. A study finale concludes.
Published by Durand, 215 Rue du Faubourg St-Honore, 875008 Paris, France
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