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Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983)

Born 19 April 1892
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
Died 7 November 1983
Paris, France
Nationality French
Era 20th-Century

Germaine Tailleferre was the only female composer of the Les Six group.  She made an enormous contribution in the French musical movement. The French poet John Cocteau famously described her music as ‘A Marie Laurencin for the Ear’. And rightly so, for her music unfurled images of naiveté, freshness, and femininity, much like the paintings of the Famous French painter, Marie Laurencin. Even after the dissolution of Les Six in the late 1920’s, Germaine Tailleferre remained an eminent although inaccessible composer. With a career spanning over 70 years of active composition and a panoptic body of work, she was hardly boastful of her accomplishments. Spontaneity, charm and freshness were the key features of her compositions.