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Today’s Memory – Germaine Tailleferre

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Germaine TailleferreGermaine Tailleferre

19 April 1892, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne – 7 November 1983, Paris


Germaine Tailleferre  (born Marcelle Taillefesse) was a French composer and the only female member of the group of composers known as Les Six.

She changed her name to spite her father, who had refused to support her musical studies. Tailleferre wrote many of her most important works during the 1920s. Most notably she wrote 18 short works in the  Petit livre de harpe de Madame Tardieu  for Caroline Tardieu, the Conservatory’s Assistant Professor of Harp.

Tailleferre wrote many of her most important works during the 1920s, including her 1st Piano Concerto,

Concertino for Harp and orchestra  1927

the Harp Concertino, the ballets Le marchand d’oiseaux (the most frequently performed ballet in the repertoire of the Ballets suédois during the 1920s), La nouvelle Cythère, which was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for the ill-fated 1929 season of the famous Ballets Russes, and Sous les ramparts d’Athènes in collaboration with Paul Claudel, as well as several pioneering film scores, including B’anda, in which she used African themes.

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Ballade, for piano and orchestra  1920


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