Jeanine Rueff

Jeanine Rueff: Composer. One among thousands of women composers of clarinet music
Jeanine Rueff

Jeanine Rueff (1922-1999) was a French composer and music educator. She is celebrated in the clarinet community for her many compositions for the instrument, including a concertino, theme and variations, and book of 15 etudes.

Jeanine Rueff (1922-1999)

Jeanine Rueff (1922-1999) was a French composer and music educator. She wrote extensively for woodwinds, in particular, the clarinet and saxophone. Her clarinet output includes a Theme and Variations (1972) for clarinet and piano, a concertino (1950) for clarinet and orchestra (or piano reduction), and a book of 15 etudes. Click here or scroll to the end of the page to find purchase information and available recording samples.

Rueff was born in Paris and studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Tony Aubin, Henri Challan, Jean and Noël Gallon, and Henri Busser. In 1948 she won second place in the Grand Prix de Rome with Odette Gartenlaub.

Rueff worked from 1950 as an assistant in the saxophone class of Marcel Mule and in the clarinet class of Ulysse Delecluse at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1960 she became a teacher there for Solfège sight singing, and from 1977 to 1988 she taught harmony. Her most famous pupil was Jean-Michel Jarre. In 1945 Rueff received the Prix Favareille-Chailley-Richez for a jazz piano quintet. She also composed the chamber opera Le Femme d’Enée (1954), a concerto for four saxophones and a Symphonietta (1956).

The ensemble Saxallegro (with Hannes Kawrza, saxophone, and Florian Pagitsch, organ) recorded her 1997 Chanson et Passepied together with works by Eugène Bozza, Pierre Max Dubois, and Jacques Ibert and the recording was issued on a CD. In 1999 she provided concert pieces for bass trombone in the program of the Concours International de Trombone in Guebwiller.1,2

Rueff was buried on 22 September 1999, and the saxophone quartet Ledieu 2000 gave a concert in her memory.

Read her full biography at

Clarinet Compositions

Variazioni | 1972
Clarinet and Piano
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc, 1950
Purchase option 1: Boosey and Hawkes
Purchase option 2: Sheet Music Plus

Concertino | 1950
Clarinet and Orchestra or Piano
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Purchase option 1: Music Room

15 Etudes |
Clarinet alone
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Purchase option 1: Boosey and Hawkes

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  1. Wild, Nicole; Charlton, David (2005). Théâtre de l’Opéra-Comique Paris: répertoire 1762-1972.
  2. Rich, Maria F. (1976). Who’s who in opera: an international biographical directory.
  3. “Composer Information”. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2010. ; “Jeanine Rueff”, in SaxMule & CoJean-Pierre Thiollet, H & D, 2004, p. 172
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