Benjamin Godard

Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)

Nationality: French
Born: August 18, 1849, Paris Died: January 10, 1895, Cannes (age 45)

6 Duettini, Op. 18

(for 2 violins and piano)
I. Souvenir de Campagne
II. Tristesse
III. Abandon
IV. Berceuse
V. Minuit
VI. Serenade
Composed: 1872 (age 22-23)
Published: 1878, Paris: Enoch, Frères & Costallat (age 28-29)
From Edition Silvertrust

Benjamin Godard Godard's Six Duettini for Two Violins and Piano, Op.18 dates from 1878. They consist of six contrasting pieces all of them fairly short except for the last one, Serenade in the Spanish Style which is a bit of a barn burner. Romantic and tuneful, all six can be played together in recital as the length of a full sonata or separately as encores.

Benjamin Godard (1849-95) was born in Paris. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire composition with Reber and violin with Henri Vieuxtemps. He was somewhat of a prodigy on that instrument, as well as on the viola, and accompanied Vieuxtemps to Germany on concert tours on two occasions. Godard enjoyed chamber music and played in several performing ensembles. This experience stood him good stead when it came to writing effective chamber music compositions. In 1878, Godard was the co-winner with Théodore Dubois, head of the Paris Conservatory, of a musical competition instituted by the city of Paris. He composed music with great facility and from 1878 up to the time until his death Godard composed a surprisingly large number of works, including the opera Jocelyn, from which the famous "Berceuse" has become perhaps his best known work. He also composed several symphonic works, ballets, concertos, overtures and chamber music, including three string quartets and two piano trios.

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