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    Default Germaine Tailleferre

    Germaine Tailleferre (19 April 1892 – 7 November 1983) Biography here at Wikipedia.

    Along with Louis Durey she is one of the least remembered members of 'Les Six' - and the only woman. Her output was far greater than Durey's, including a lot of music for the harp which remains in the repertoire.

    I am putting her here because I am taking part in a musical evening next week and some her music is being played. There is a string quartet playing her brief, but delightful three-movement quartet. Her sonata for violin is also being played.

    Even though I was familiar with some of her regular chamber music and piano pieces, I hadn't listened to much of her other work. I recently listened to the works for harp: a sonata, Le petit livre de harpe de Madame Tardieuwritten for the Assistant harp Professor at the Paris Conservatoire Caroline Luigini. Also a piano concerto; a song cycle (Chansons Populaires Francaises).

    The early work, centred around the pre and post-first world war Paris scene, differs from the later work. A great deal of her music has, to my ears, a late-Baroque/early classical sound and some medieval influence.

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    The 1928 Concertino for Harp and Orchestra is a favorite of mine.

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    Her Violin Sonata is lovely. I think Taillefaire is seriously under-rated.

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