Francine Aubin

Francine Aubin, composer. One among thousands of women composers for clarinet.
Francine Aubin

Francine Aubin (1938-2016) was a 20th-century French composer. She is remembered in the clarinet community for several pieces for clarinet and piano, a clarinet concerto, and a book of etudes, titled 12 Etude Caprices (Études-caprice).

Francine Aubin (1938 – 2016)

Francine Aubin, née Francine Agnès Gisèle Marie-Thérèse Tremblot de la Croix,1 was born on February 6, 1938 in Paris and died on August 14, 2016, in Boulogne-Billancourt.

Aubin composed several works for clarinet and piano: Two pieces in the form of jazz, Un soir à Montfort-l’Amaury, and Una fioretti di Francesco. She also published a clarinet four-movement concerto, and a book of etudes. Scroll down to hear recordings and find purchase information.

Francine Aubin was the youngest of the five children of Richard Tremblot de la Croix (1889-1974), a polytechnician, industrialist, and company administrator, and his wife, née Marie-Thérèse Mauchauffée.2 She studied music theory and piano at the Conservatory of Troyes, and followed the teachings of Madeleine Dauphin, Marie-Jeanne Villemez, Geneviève Zaigue-Dupont, Raymond and Éliane Niverd, and Patéro.2 She obtained a second prize for piano, a first prize for flute, a first prize for harmony, and a first medal in music theory.3

She was admitted to the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, where she studied piano and musical writing with Noël Gaillon and composition with Tony Aubin. 4

In 1958, at the age of 20, she won the Conservatoire’s first composition prize. She is also the recipient of several prizes: the first Grand Prize of the International Summer Academy of Nice,3 the Grand Prize for Composition of the Divonne-les-Bains International Competition, and the First Grand Prize of the International Improvisation Competition. at the piano of Lyon.2

Between 1970 and 1973, she abandoned music to devote herself to painting. Under contract with the Wally-Findley Gallery, she exhibits in France and the United States under the artist name of Tremblot. 7

Click to read her full biography on (French). The above biography was excerpted from Wikipedia and translated by Google.

Works for Clarinet

Two pieces in the form of jazz | 1985
Publisher: Robert Martin
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Piece en forme jazz no. 1
Piece en forme jazz no. 2

Un soir à Montfort-l’Amaury | 1987
Publisher: Robert Martin
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Una fioretti di Francesco | 1987
Publisher: Robert Martin
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Concerto |
Publisher: International Music Diffusion (IMD)
Purchase reduction for clarinet and piano at Groth Music

12 Etude Caprices (Études-caprice). |
Publisher: Zurfluh
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Divertimento pour percussion et huit instruments à vent | 1968
Clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, and percussion.
Publisher: A Leduc
Available through interlibrary loan

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  1. “Francine AUBIN, (1938-2016)”  [ archive ] , on
  2. In memoriam. Francine Aubin (1938-2016)”, La vie en Champagne, n o  89, January – March 2017, p.  56 read online  [ archive ] )
  3. Miss Francine Tremblot de la Croix (from Paris) winner of the M.-M. Plivard,” Monthly bulletin of the Academic Society of Agriculture, Science, Arts and Letters of the Department of Aube, 1974 read online  [ archive ] )
  4. Francine Aubin”  [ archive ] , on the Universal Dictionary of Women Creators
  5. “Francine Aubin, her biography,”  [ archive ] on
  6. AMC, “Homage to Francine Aubin,” Rueil Infos ,october 2016, p.  22 read online  [ archive ] )
  7. (in) “3035: Francine Tremblot Cross Landscape Oil – October 22, 2006 | MK Auctions in IL”  [ archive ], on LiveAuctioneers
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