Thursday, January 16, 2014

Benjamin Godard

Bust of Benjamin Godard, by Jean-Baptiste Champeil, square Lamartine, Paris
Bust of Benjamin Godard, by Jean-Baptiste Champeil, 1904
Square Lamartine, 16e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

“Godard was a child prodigy on the violin, studied composition, and in his youth composed symphonies, chamber works, concerti, and piano music. His best-known opera, Jocelyn (1881), is remembered for its famous ‘Berceuse.’ Other works included the operas Pédro de Zalaméa (1884) and La Vivandière (1895) and his Symphonie Légendaire, Opus 100 (1886). Godard’s music, charming and sentimental, at its best shows an affinity with that of Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann.”
(Benjamin Godard, Encyclopædia Britannica)

1 comment:

cieldequimper said...

We don't hear his works very often...