Sunday Gramophone - Lily Bienvenu, Sonata for Violin and Piano - with Lily Bienvenu, piano and Gerard Jarry, violin - recorded in 1951 for ORTF in Paris.
From the Transcription Service of French Radio this week. Aside from a handful of songs (recorded by the legendary Baritone Camille Maurane and featuring her on piano) and a few pieces for Saxophone, there is virtually nothing on record and very little information on the contemporary French composer Lily Bienvenu, aside from her being born in 1920 (according to the IRCAM site) and her mother was a violin teacher.
But then, there's this recording of her Sonata for Violin and Piano, recorded in 1951 with Bienvenu at the piano and Gerard Jarry on violin.
As with all composers whose works haven't achieved wide public recognition, it makes you wonder what else you've been missing, and who else is out there waiting to be discovered. There are a lot.