Cécile Chaminade, famous at lifetime, forgotten after death

For Radio 4 Netherlands, I dedicated the programme Composer of the Week to Cécile Chaminade from 8-12 October. She was extremely famous during her lifetime, but was quickly forgotten after her death. She wrote great music, that shied away from modernist techniques and adhered to a post-romantic idiom. It is often described as ‘typically French’, because of its elegance and accessibility. Her works are featured daily between 7.30-8 pm Central European Time. The programme is streamed live, and will remain available after the broadcasts.

I wrote an article about Chaminade for the American website I care if you listen. Enjoy!

About theaderks

Thea Derks is a Dutch music journalist, who studied musicology at Amsterdam University. She' specialized in contemporary music and always has an eye open for women composers. In 2014 she wrote the biography of Reinbert de Leeuw and in 2018 she published 'Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht'.
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