Cecile Chaminade began composing at an early age, and when she was just 8 years old she played some of her music for Georges Bizet. Her music was very popular in America. The composer Ambroise Thomas described her as “not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.” Listen to her 6 Pièces Romantiques, Op.55.
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