Godefroid, F. – Le Songe de Sainte Cécile


Genre: Romantic
Difficulty: 6
Pages: 5

The Dream of St Cecilia represents Godefroid’s tribute, among many written by French 19th century composers, Gounod and Ambroise Thomas, for example, to the legendary patron of sacred music. The dream of the title refers to the famous painting by Raphael that shows Cecilia gazing heavenwards while holding a portative organ. Associated with the musical art since Roman times, her role was to “turn mourning into joy”, to restore and to heal. Godefroid perfectly translates this sweet vision into a tender contemplation for the heart. A facsimile edition.

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Godefroid Le Songe de Sainte Cécile

Godefroid, F Le Songe de St Cecile, page 1

Félix Godefroid (1818-1897) was the best-known concert harpist in France during the romantic era, in the wake of virtuosos like cellist Servais and violinist Bériot. While most of his works were formidable pieces for his own recitals, in his old age he also composed some delightful, easier gems for his students. Several of those are gathered in the two books of Pensées musicales. Heart-felt and uplifting, Godefroid’s musical writing reveals his propensity for melody (also in a strong left hand) and capacity for creating enchantment with the simplest devices. Celia Chan Valerio’s CD, released in honor of the bicentenary of his birth, provides a great introduction to this lost fairy-tale world.

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