Top 50 Favorite/Best Classical #49 Chaminade La Lisonjera Op. 50
#50 – Beethoven Coriolan Overture
#49 – Chaminade La Lisonjera, Op. 50
Cécile Chaminade was a French composer who was quite successful in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In fact, she composed over 150 pieces of music. Two of them are on this list. Astoundingly, so few listen to her music these days. It surprised me that I had not heard of her until only recently, which begs the question of what it takes to be remembered. She has fantastic melodic music following the trends of French music in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I will advocate for her music, because it is good, and worth people’s time.
La Lisonjera, which translates as The Flatterer, feels like it comes right out of a film like Casablanca, evoking feelings of regret at a loss of a failed relationship, or a reminiscing of a time spent well, but now lost. It is a sweet melody, and for the life of me, I swear I’ve heard this piece in a movie somewhere, but there is no indication on the Internet anywhere of this music playing in any film.
In any case, the recording I’m linking to below for this piece is Cécile Chaminade playing her piece in an old recording from some time in the first quarter of the 20th century. There are clearer recordings to be found, but I think it’s great to hear her play her own music. Enjoy!