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Within the vast heading of The History Of Music, I don’t there is, or will ever be, a shortage of musicians and composers whose work has gone mostly unnoticed, or at best, largely underrated.
Lily Bienvenu is one of those composers. To be fair, she is known for composing a collection of songs, which were made famous by the great French Baritone Camille Maurane. And her work as a musician playing other composers work has gotten her a high degree of respect as a pianist of note. But her work as a composer, certainly one who has a substantial catalog of works to her credit, having gone largely unnoticed.
Here is a recording, made in the studios of the ORTF in Paris, circa 1951 of Lily Bienvenu performing one of her own works as par of a recital – A Sonata for Violin and Piano, featuring Gerard Jarry, violin with Lily Bienvenu at the Piano. The recording, which comes from the Transcription Service of French Radio doesn’t offer exact dates – but it was guessed to be 1951.
In any event, a rare recording by a highly regarded artist, who was unfortunately a somewhat ignored composer.