July 3, 2011

Germaine Tailleferre - One of Les Six.

Back over to the French Radio Transcriptions this week. Music by Germaine Tailleferre. A member of the legendary Les Six of composers, Tailleferre was one of the first women composers in France to achieve International prominence.

Tonight it's Ouverture for Orchestra, a work she composed in 1932 and is heard here in this mid-1950's (1955?) Radio Broadcast performance with the Orchestra of The French Radio conducted by Eugene Bigot.

As usual, it's highly doubtful this particular performance has seen the light of day since it was recorded and it's equally doubtful a more recent recording was made of this work, since most of what has been issued of Tailleferre's work consists of vocal and instrumental pieces.

This work certainly shows off some of the influence of the others in Les Six but it more importantly illustrates the vast untapped reservoir of brilliant and gifted women composers were emerging in the 20th century.

And Germaine Tailleferre was in the vanguard.

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