Known by several pseudonyms, Clémence de Grandval is remembered in the clarinet community for her set of two pieces for clarinet and piano.
Grandval was raised in the Saint-Rémy-des-Monts, a commune in the Sarthe department in the region of Pays de la Loire in north-western France.
Clémence de Grandval (1828 – 1907)
Clémence de Grandval (21 January 1828 – 15 January 1907), born as Marie Félicie Clémence de Reiset and also known as Vicomtesse de Grandval and Marie Grandval, was a French composer of the Romantic era. Many of her works were published under pseudonyms.
Grandval was the recipient of the inaugural Prix Rossini, winning in 1881 with her librettist Paul Collin. Her earliest works were sacred and performed in churches, but she went on to write a number of operas and various popular songs and instrumental works, including many pieces for oboe. Unfortunately, the orchestral scores of some of her pieces have been lost.
During the 1870s, Grandval played a major role in the Société Nationale de Musique, and was the most played composer in this society. During the second part of the 19th century, she was a very popular composer who was admired by many critics. She died in Paris in 1907.
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