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BENJAMIN GODARD  

(1849 - 1895)

A violist and pupil of Henri Vieuxtemps, the French composer Benjamin Louis Paul Godard won a precociously early reputation as a composer of salon music, with a series of pieces that would once have found a ready place in any album of piano music. His other music, influenced by contemporary German trends, is more substantial, if neglected.

Operas

Godard is chiefly remembered for his operas. Les bijoux de Jeanette, his first opera, was produced in 1878, followed by Pedro de Zalamea in 1884 and Jocelyn in 1888. The Berceuse from Jocelyn proved its most popular element and has been arranged for numerous combinations of instruments and voices. Other operas were unsuccessful, although his final comic opera La vivandière, left incomplete at his death, seemed to promise more.

Orchestral Music

The four published symphonies of Godard include a Symphonie gothique and a Symphonie orientale, while his concertos consist of two Piano Concertos and two Violin Concertos, the first a Concert romantique. Other works include orchestral arrangement of the piano Scènes italiennes and Scènes écossaises.

Chamber Music

Godard wrote five Violin Sonatas and a series of other pieces for violin and piano and other ensembles.

Piano Music

Much of Godard’s piano music is in the form of salon pieces of no great pretensions, designed for a lucrative popular market.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Night Music Naxos 8.503049
Night Music Vol 1 Naxos 8.505008
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 2 Naxos 8.505029

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 CLASSICS - The Best Loved Classical Melodies Naxos
8.508004
Orchestral
Adagio 2 Naxos
8.578062-63
Concertos
BERCEUSE - MUSIC OF PEACE AND CALM Naxos
8.553843
Vocal
BEZALY, Sharon: French Delights BIS
BIS-SACD-1639
Chamber Music
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 4: Opera Arias and Duets (1945-1951) Naxos Historical
8.110788
Vocal
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 2 - A Christmas Voyage Oehms Classics
OC842
Instrumental
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 10 (1916-1917) Naxos Historical
8.110751
Vocal
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 1 (1925-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110972
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - BRAHMS, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / DVORAK, A. / SUK, J. / KREISLER, F. / GRIEG, E. / LISZT, F. (Salon Classics) (The Rembrandt Trio) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90222
Chamber Music
CLAIR DE LUNE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556601
Vocal
CLASSIC SWOON Naxos
8.578046-47
Orchestral
CLASSICAL MOMENTS 5: Classical Music to Dine to Naxos
8.555361
Orchestral
FRENCH FESTIVAL Naxos
8.550088
Vocal
FRENCH FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570057
Orchestral
French Flute Favourites Naxos
8.555954
Chamber Music
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 13: London Recordings (1947-1949) Naxos Historical
8.111102
Vocal
GODARD, B.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Élysée Quartet) Timpani
1C1221
Chamber Music
GODARD: Etudes, Op. 149 Marco Polo
8.223802
Instrumental
GODARD: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Concerto romantique / Scenes poetiques Naxos
8.570554
Concertos, Orchestral
GOLDEN AGE OF SALON MUSIC (The) (Schwanen Salon Orchestra, G. Huber) Naxos
8.578003-04
Chamber Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Miniatures, Vol. 1 (1944-1946) Naxos Historical
8.111379
Vocal
ITALIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.550087
Orchestral
ITALIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570054
Orchestral
Italian Festival Naxos
DVDI 0993
Classical Concert
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Gelassen geniessen Naxos
8.551300-01
Concertos
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 4: The Acoustic Recordings (1913-1914) Naxos Historical
8.110331
Vocal
MOONLIGHT CLASSICS Naxos
8.550223DX
Vocal
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - FRANCE: From Marseille to Cannes (NTSC) Naxos
2.110312
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) – ITALIAN FESTIVAL: A Musical Celebration of Italy (NTSC) Naxos
2.110324
Classical Concert
NIGHT MUSIC 1 Naxos
8.556815
Vocal
Night Music Vol. 1 Naxos
DVDI 1012
Classical Concert
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 1 Naxos
8.551121
Vocal
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.550217
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 8 Naxos
8.570089
Instrumental
Salon Orchestra Favourites, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.557048
Chamber Music
SALUT D'AMOUR - SALON ORCHESTRA FAVORITES Naxos
8.571087
Chamber Music
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE Cedille
CDR90000-019
Vocal
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON (Big Music for Little Ears) - Children's Music Compilation Naxos
8.503156
Orchestral
TAUBER, Richard: Opera Arias (1926-1946) Naxos Historical
8.111001
Vocal
ULTIMATE LULLABY COLLECTION (THE) Naxos
8.570514-15
Orchestral
ULTIMATE LULLABY COLLECTION (THE) (Hong Kong Edition 2009) Naxos
8.578060-61
Orchestral
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Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (1916-1919) Naxos Historical
8.111384
Chamber Music




 
 
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