Germaine Tailleferre

About Germaine Tailleferre

Who is it?: Composer
Birth Day: April 19, 1892
Birth Place: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, French

Germaine Tailleferre

Germaine Tailleferre was born on April 19, 1892 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, French, is Composer. One of the lesser-known band members of Les Six group, not to mention, the only female composer in the troupe, Germaine Tailleferre’s contribution in the French musical movement as well as in the realms of music had been enormous. The French poet John Cocteau famously described her music as ‘A Marie Laurencin for the Ear’. And rightly so, for her music unfurled images of naiveté, freshness, and femininity, much like the paintings of the Famous French painter, Marie Laurencin. Even after the dissolution of Les Six in the late 1920’s, Germaine Tailleferre remained an eminent although inaccessible composer. With a career spanning over 70 years of active composition and a panoptic body of work, she was hardly boastful of her accomplishments. Spontaneity, charm and freshness were the key features of her compositions. It’s clear by her words, “I write music because it amuses me. It’s not great music, I know, but it’s gay, light hearted music which is sometimes compared with that of the ‘petitsmaitres’ of the 18th century. And that makes me very proud.’’
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As per our current Database, Germaine Tailleferre has been died on 7 November 1983\nParis, France.

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When Germaine Tailleferre die, Germaine Tailleferre was 91 years old.

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Occupation Musicians
Age 91 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 19, 1892 (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, French)
Birthday April 19
Town/City Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, French
Nationality French

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


In 1923, Tailleferre began to spend a great deal of time with Maurice Ravel at his home in Montfort-l'Amaury. Ravel encouraged her to enter the Prix de Rome Competition. In 1926, she married Ralph Barton, an American caricaturist, and moved to Manhattan, New York. She remained in the United States until 1927, when she and her husband returned to France. They divorced shortly thereafter.


The 1930s were even more fruitful, with the Concerto for Two Pianos, Chorus, Saxophones, and Orchestra, the Violin Concerto, the opera cycle Du style galant au style méchant, the operas Zoulaïna and Le marin de Bolivar, and her masterwork, La cantate de Narcisse, in collaboration with Paul Valéry. Her work in film music included Le petit chose by Maurice Cloche and a series of documentaries.


After the war, in 1946, she returned to her home in France, where she composed orchestral and chamber music, plus numerous other works including the ballets Paris-Magie (with Lise Delarme) and Parisiana (for the Royal Ballet of Copenhagen), the operas Il était un petit navire (with Henri Jeanson), Dolores, La petite sirène (with Philippe Soupault, based on Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Little Mermaid"), and Le maître (to a libretto by Ionesco), the musical comedy Parfums, the Concerto des vaines paroles for baritone voice, piano, and orchestra, the Concerto for Soprano and Orchestra, the Concertino for Flute, Piano, and Orchestra, the Second Piano Concerto, the Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra, her Second Sonata for Violin and Piano, and the Sonata for Harp, as well as an impressive number of film and television scores. The majority of this music was not published until after her death.


In 1976, she accepted the post of accompanist for a children's music and movement class at the École alsacienne, a private school in Paris. During the last period of her life, she concentrated mainly on smaller forms due to increasing problems with arthritis in her hands. She nevertheless produced the Sonate champêtre for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano; the Sonata for Two Pianos; Chorale and Variations for Two Pianos or Orchestra; a series of children's songs (on texts by Jean Tardieu); and pieces for young Pianists. Her last major work was the Concerto de la fidelité for coloratura Soprano and orchestra, which was premièred at the Paris Opera the year before her death.


Germaine Tailleferre continued to compose right up until a few weeks before her death, on 7 November 1983 in Paris. She is buried in Quincy-Voisins, Seine-et-Marne, France.


She was born Marcelle Taillefesse at Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France, but as a young woman she changed her last name to "Tailleferre" to spite her father, who had refused to support her musical studies. She studied piano with her mother at home, composing short works of her own, after which she began studying at the Paris Conservatory where she met Louis Durey, Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, and Arthur Honegger. At the Paris Conservatory her skills were rewarded with prizes in several categories. Most notably, Tailleferre wrote 18 short works in the Petit livre de harpe de Madame Tardieu for Caroline Luigini, the Conservatory’s Assistant Professor of harp.

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