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Tailleferre, Germaine

Born: 1892 AD
Died: 1983 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Composers

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.