French Women Composers

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Throughout history, there have been many French women composers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female composers such as Kathie Lee Gifford, Nadia Boulanger, Eva Green, Amanda Lear, Lili Boulanger.
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Nadia Boulanger
(One of the Most Influential Teachers of Musical Composition of the 20th Century)
Nadia Boulanger
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Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1979

Born to a music instructor father, French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger was no stranger to music as a kid. The first woman to conduct prime orchestras, she had the who’s who of the music industry, such as Elliott Carter, Roy Harris, and Quincy Jones, on her list of students.

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Lili Boulanger
(Composer)
Lili Boulanger
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Birthdate: August 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 15, 1918
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Catherine Ringer
(Lead Singer and Co-founder of the Pop Rock Group 'Les Rita Mitsouko')
Catherine Ringer
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Birthdate: October 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

Catherine Ringer is a French singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, dancer, actress, and choreographer. She is credited with co-founding the popular pop-rock group Les Rita Mitsouko which was one of the most acclaimed French musical acts in the 1980s and 1990.

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux
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Birthdate: December 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 20, 2004
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Cécile Chaminade
(Former Pianist, Composer who was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, a first for a female composer)
Cécile Chaminade
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Birthdate: August 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 13, 1944
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Pauline Viardot
(One of the Best 19th-Century French Mezzo-Soprano, Pedagogue and Composer)
Pauline Viardot
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Birthdate: July 18, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18, 1910
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Marina Kaye
(Singer-songwriter)
Marina Kaye
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Birthdate: February 9, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marseille, France
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Olivia Merilahti
(Finnish-French Singer and Founder of the Indie Rock Band 'The Dø')
Olivia Merilahti
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Birthdate: February 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Germaine Tailleferre
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Birthdate: April 19, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
Died: November 7, 1983

It is believed French composer Germaine Tailleferre had started composing at the tender age of 5. She later grew up to be the only woman in Henry Collet’s Les Six, or The French Six. Among her many accolades are the Medal of the City of Paris and the Prix Italia.

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Louise Farrenc
(Composer)
Louise Farrenc
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Birthdate: May 31, 1804
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 15, 1875
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Éliane Radigue
(Composer)
Éliane Radigue
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Birthdate: January 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
(Former Composer, best known as the first woman to compose an opera in France)
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
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Birthdate: March 17, 1665
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 27, 1729

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre was a French musician, harpsichordist, and composer. Born into a family of musicians and master instrument-makers, she received her initial musical training from her father. She worked as a musician in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Following her marriage to organist Marin de La Guerre, she taught and composed music. 

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Oklou
(Musician)
Oklou
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Birthdate: April 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poitiers, France
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Maria Malibran
(Spanish Mezzo-Soprano Who Was the Daughter of Tenor Manuel García)
Maria Malibran
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Birthdate: March 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 23, 1836

The daughter of actor and soprano Joaquina Sitches and tenor Manuel García, Spanish mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran was 8 when she debuted on stage with her father. She gained immense fame as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. She died after falling from a horse soon after marriage to violinist Charles de Bériot.

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Trobairitz
(Composer)
Trobairitz
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Birthplace: not known
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Cécile Corbel
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Birthdate: March 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pont-Croix, France
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Charlotte de Rothschild
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Birthdate: May 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 20, 1899
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Comtessa de Dia
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Birthdate: 1175 AD
Birthplace: Montélimar, France
Died: 1225 AD
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CloZee
(Composer)
CloZee
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Birthdate: August 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: France
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Yvonne Loriod
(Pianist)
Yvonne Loriod
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Birthdate: January 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houilles, France
Died: May 17, 2010
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Henriette Renie
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Birthdate: September 18, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 1, 1956
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Paula Nenette Pepin
(Former composer, pianist and lyricist)
Paula Nenette Pepin
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Birthdate: April 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Died: November 14, 1990