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Godard, Benjamin (1849-1895)  

Benjamin Godard

born: 18 August 1849
died: 10 January 1895
country: France

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The son of a businessman, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard was born in Paris on 18 August 1849. As a child prodigy violinist he trained at the Paris Conservatoire, studying composition and harmony with Napoléon Henri Reber (who also taught Massenet) and, later, violin with the great Belgian virtuoso Henry Vieuxtemps. Godard had his first work, the Violin Sonata in C minor, Op 1, published when he was sixteen and, though he twice competed unsuccessfully for the Prix de Rome in the mid-1860s, he decided to devote himself entirely to composition.

Much of the enormous amount of music he produced over the next thirty years—he had reached Op 100 by 1886—followed in the tradition of Mendelssohn and Schumann (his admiration for the latter inspired a string quartet arrangement of Kinderszenen in 1876). His distaste for the rhetorical excesses of Wagner was a reaction no doubt coloured by his loathing of the German’s anti-Semitism (Godard himself was of Jewish extraction). With the emergence of more innovative composers, Godard’s conservative idiom meant his reputation faded before his early death in Cannes on 10 January 1895.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2014

Albums
'Godard & Boëllmann: Cello Sonatas' (CDA66888)
Godard & Boëllmann: Cello Sonatas
'Godard: Piano Concertos' (CDA68043)
Godard: Piano Concertos
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'Boëllmann & Godard: Cello Sonatas' (CDA66888)
Boëllmann & Godard: Cello Sonatas
'Casals Encores' (CDA67831)
Casals Encores
'Hommage à Chopin' (CDA67803)
Hommage à Chopin
'L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque' (CDA67523)
L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque
'Hyperion monthly sampler – July 2014' (HYP201407)
Hyperion monthly sampler – July 2014
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On other labels
'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus' (APR5534)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
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Complete works available for download
Berceuse de Jocelyn Alban Gerhardt (cello), Cecile Licad (piano)
Chanson du berger, Op 11 No 5 John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Guitare, Op 10 No 11 John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Introduction and Allegro, Op 49 Howard Shelley (piano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelley (conductor)
L'invitation au voyage John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Piano Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 31 Howard Shelley (piano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 148 Howard Shelley (piano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op 104 Mats Lidström (cello), Bengt Forsberg (piano)
Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 61 Mats Lidström (cello), Bengt Forsberg (piano)
Valse chromatique, Op 88 Louis Diémer (piano)
Viens!, Op 11 No 3 John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Aubade  No 1 of Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 61 (Godard)
Berceuse de Jocelyn (Godard)
Chanson du berger, Op 11 No 5 (Godard)
Comment, disaient-ils  First line to Guitare, Op 10 No 11 (Godard)
Guitare, Op 10 No 11 (Godard)
Hommage à Chopin  No 2 of Lanterne magique, Op 66 (Godard)
Introduction and Allegro, Op 49 (Godard)
J'aime, et je ne puis exprimer  First line to Chanson du berger, Op 11 No 5 (Godard)
Lanterne magique, Op 66 (Godard)
L'invitation au voyage (Godard)
Mon enfant, ma sœur  First line to L'invitation au voyage (Godard)
Piano Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 31 (Godard)
Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 148 (Godard)
Scherzo  No 2 of Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 61 (Godard)
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op 104 (Godard)
Two Pieces for cello and piano, Op 61 (Godard)
Valse chromatique, Op 88 (Godard)
Viens! – une flûte invisible  First line to Viens!, Op 11 No 3 (Godard)
Viens!, Op 11 No 3 (Godard)
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