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Tailleferre, Germaine

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Born: 1892 AD
Died: 1983 AD, at 91 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Composers

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1892 - Born on April 19th in Saint Maur Des Fossés, Ile-de-France, France. French composer Germaine (Marcelle) Tailleferre was the only female member of ‘Les Six’, a group of French composers influenced by Satie and by Cocteau’s anti-Romantic aesthetic. The 'Les Six' consisted of Georges Auric, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud and Louis Durey.

1897 - She was also a piano prodigy who began to compose at age 5.

1912 - At 21, she met some of the future 'Les Six' members Auric, Milhaud and Honegger in their counterpoint classes.

1904 - Entered Paris Conservatoire and studied with Ravel and Koechlin.

1923 - The Princess Edmond de Polignac, impressed by her talents especially ballet Le marchand d'oiseaux, commissioned her a Piano Concerto.

1925 - She married American caricaturist and author Ralph Barton.

1926-1927 - She lived in America, where Charlie Chaplin was often a live-in guest.

1931 - She married French lawyer Jean Lageat.

1983 - Died on November 7th in Paris, France.

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