On this day in 1857 Cécile Chaminade was born in Paris. A composer and pianist, Chaminade composed for a variety of mediums including symphonies and operas but her piano works gained her notoriety.
Chaminade's piano works became so popular in America that more than 200 "Chaminade Clubs" appeared throughout the States where amateur pianists and Chaminade-fans gathered to perform and listen to her works.
The composer toured the US in 1908 and was met with great acclaim by her female fans but received harsh reviews from the male-dominated media of the time. During an interview with The Washington Post Chaminade noted:
"There is no sex in art...Genius is an independent quality. The woman of the future with her broader outlook, her greater opportunities, will go far, I believe, in creative work of every description."
Well said, Mme. Chaminade. Happy Birthday!