Chaminade, Cecile born Aug 8, 1857 Paris died April 18,1944 Monte Carlo This French pianist and composer is best known for her performances of her own light salon piano pieces. At the age of eight Chiminade began writing church music. She studied under Godard as well as other well known teachers of that time. Her numerous works of all kinds attracted the attention of the public and she performed them during many concert tours in France and in particular England. Notwithstanding the charm and clever writing of her pieces (over two-hundred piano works in all), many in the music world believe that they do not rise above drawing room music quality. Her more serious musical attempts were not considered successful.