Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Church service in DC offers music by Cecile Chaminade

Sunday, November 23, 2014, the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC performed, during the offertory, the piece “Meditation”, for flute and organ, by French female composer Cecile Chaminade.  The flutist was Vanessa Miller, and organist was Lawrence Schreiber.
The composition appears to be one of six “songs without words”, Op. 76, and normally they are performed on solo piano.  It seems to be in G Major.
Chaminade is one of the romantic era’s better known female composers (after Clara Schumann).  I have her Piano Trio #1 in G Minor on an old Vox Box.  Her style is not particularly challenging or original, but Wikipedia reports that her works were financially successful in her time.  My favorite female composer is Amy Beach (discussed here Dec. 3, 2013).   

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