Chaminade Serenade aux Etoiles Op 142 for Flute and Piano




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Chaminade Serenade aux Etoiles Op 142 for Flute and Piano

Chaminade Serenade aux Etoiles Op 142 for Flute and Piano

Dedicated to Adolphe Hennebains, Paris Conservatoire Professor
Instrumentation: Flute and Piano

Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade

Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (1857-1944) was a French composer and renowned pianist.

Chaminade’s talent was recognised early on when she performed her compositions for Georges Bizet in 1869. In 1878, she gave a salon performance solely featuring her own compositions, marking the start of her career as a composer. Despite her father’s opposition to her attending the Paris Conservatoire, she studied composition privately with Benjamin Godard and other notable Professors.

She gave her first public recital at the age of 18 and gained recognition through concert tours. As a solo pianist, she proved popular with audiences in both the UK and the USA.

She gave her debut London performance in 1892 and in 1908, Chaminade achieved her American debut, performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also became the first female composer to receive admission to the Order of the Legion of Honour in 1913. While her piano salon music and songs enjoyed wide popularity, her more serious works, including an opera, a ballet, and orchestral suites, received mixed reviews, often influenced by gender stereotypes rather than the merits of her compositions.

Chaminade’s extensive body of work comprises more than 400 compositions, including a wide range of piano pieces and songs. She also ventured into various other genres, such as opera, orchestral suites, ballet, and notably, her beloved “Concertino Opus 107” for flute and piano.

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