Benjamin Godard

Mixed chorus
Piano four hands
by popularity


12 Morceaux pour chant et piano, Op.1012 Morceaux pour chant et piano, Op.712 Morceaux pour chant et piano, Op.812 Nouvelles études artistiques, Op.10712 Songs, Op.1112 Songs, Op.192 Morceaux for Cello and Orchestra, Op.362 Morceaux, Op.142 Pieces, Op.1372 Song Pieces, Op.9220 Pieces for Piano, Op.583 Fragments poétiques, Op.133 Morceaux, Op.163 Morceaux, Op.273 Morceaux, Op.5130 Morceaux de chant, Op.44 Morceaux, Op.56 Duettini, Op.186 Fables de La Fontaine, Op.176 Morceaux, Op.1286 Petites pièces dans le style ancien6 Villanelles, Op.38


Amour fatalAmour! Amour!Au matin, Op.83Au rouet, Op.85Aubade et Scherzo, Op.61Aubade for Violin and Cello, Op.133Aurore, Op.59


Barcarolle No.2, Op.80Barcarolle No.3, Op.105Beau page, Op.73BerceuseBohémienne, Op.40


Cello Sonata, Op.104Chant d'une Bretonne, Op.95Chemin faisant, Op.53Clair de luneConcerto romantique, Op.35Conte de fée, Op.62Contemplation


Dans les bois d'AndillyDante, Op.111Diane, Op.52D'où venez vous?Duo symphonique, Op.34


Elegy, Op.21En plein air, Op.145En SongeEtudes, Op.149


Fantaisie persane, Op.152Fantaisie, Op.143Fileuse, Op.130


GavotteGavotte No.1, Op.16Gavotte No.2, Op.81Gavotte No.3, Op.109


Hymne nuptial, Op.48


Impressions de Campagne, Op.123Impromptu-Mazurk, Op.117Introduction et Allegro, Op.49


Je respire où tu palpitesJeanne d'Arc, Op.125JeunesseJocelyn


La Chanson des mois, Op.102La vivandièreLanterne magique I, Op.50Lanterne magique II, Op.55Lanterne magique III, Op.66Lanterne magique IV, Op.110Lanterne magique V, Op.115L'aurore for celloLe banc de pierreLe Rêve, Op.87Le Tasse, Op.39Le voyageurLégende et Scherzo, Op.3Légende No.1, Op.41Les Guelfes, Op.70Les larmesLes Pastorales, Op.29Les Patineurs, Op.58L'heureux bergerL'invitation au voyage, Op.114Lucie


Marche des Marmousets, Op.132Mazurka No.1, Op.25Mazurka No.2, Op.54Mazurka No.3, Op.74Mazurka No.5, Op.127Menuet-Pompadour, Op.119


Nocturne No.1, Op.68Nocturne No.2, Op.90Nocturne No.3, Op.139Nocturne No.4, Op.150Nouvelles chansons du vieux temps, Op.24Novellozza, Op.47


Pedro de Zalamea, Op.79Piano Concerto No.1, Op.31Piano Concerto No.2, Op.148Piano Sonata No.2, Op.94Piano Trio No.1, Op.32Piano Trio No.2, Op.72PourquoiPremier Amour, Op.98Printemps, Op.113Promenade en Mer, Op.86


Renouveau, Op.82Rêve vécu, Op.140Rêverie pastorale, Op.43Romance Sans Paroles, Op.120


Scènes écossaises, Op.138Scènes Italiennes, Op.126Scènes poétiques, Op.46Scherzetto No.2, Op.108Scherzo-Caprice, Op.22Si mes vers avaient des ailesSonata No.1 for Solo Violin, Op.20Sonata No.2 for Solo ViolinSonate Fantastique, Op.63String Quartet No.1, Op.33String Quartet No.2, Op.37String Quartet No.3, Op.136Suite de danses anciennes et modernes, Op.103Suite de trois morceaux, Op.116Suite de trois morceaux, Op.78Sur la mer, Op.44Symphonie gothique, Op.23Symphonie légendaire, Op.99Symphonie orientale, Op.84Symphonie-Ballet, Op.60Symphony No.2, Op.57


Trembling Leaves, Op.95


Valse d'automne, Op.146Valse No.1, Op.26Valse No.10, Op.121Valse No.15, Op.153Valse No.2, Op.56Valse No.3, Op.71Valse No.4, Op.75Valse No.5, Op.88Valse No.6, Op.93Valse No.7, Op.101Violin Concerto No.2, Op.131Violin Concerto, Op.29Violin Sonata No.1, Op.1Violin Sonata No.2, Op.2Violin Sonata No.3, Op.9Violin Sonata No.4, Op.12


À la Franche-Comté, Op.45


Études artistiques, Op.42
Benjamin Louis Paul Godard (18 August 1849 – 10 January 1895) was a French violinist and Romantic-era composer of Jewish extraction, best known for his opera Jocelyn. Godard composed eight operas, five symphonies, two piano and two violin concertos, string quartets, sonatas for violin and piano, piano pieces and etudes, and more than a hundred songs. He died at the age of 45 in Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes) of tuberculosis and was buried in the family tomb in Taverny in the French department of Val-d'Oise.
Godard was born in Paris in 1849. He entered the Conservatoire de Paris in 1863 where he studied under Henri Vieuxtemps (violin) and Napoléon Henri Reber (harmony) and accompanied Vieuxtemps twice to Germany.
In 1876, his Concerto romantique was performed at the Concerts Populaires, and other of his large works were also performed at these concerts. In 1878, Godard was the co-winner of the Prix de la Ville de Paris. His winning composition, a dramatic symphony entitled Le Tasso, remains one of his most admired works.
From that time until his death Godard wrote a large number of compositions. These include eight operas, among them: Jocelyn (the "Berceuse" from which remains Godard's best-known composition), performed in Paris in 1888; Dante, played at the Opéra-Comique two years later; and La Vivandière, left unfinished and completed by Paul Vidal (1863–1931). The last of these was heard at the Opéra-Comique in 1895, and has been played in England by the Carl Rosa Opera Company.
He became a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1887, and was made a Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1889.
Godard's long list of works includes five symphonies: Symphonie gothique (1883), Symphonie orientale (1884), and Symphonie légendaire (1886); Concerto romantique for violin and orchestra (1876), two piano concertos, three string quartets, four sonatas for violin and piano, a sonata for cello and piano, two piano trios, and various other orchestral works. Among his piano pieces may be mentioned Mazurka No. 2, Valse No. 2, Au Matin, Postillon, En Courant, En Train, and Les Hirondelles. Florian's Song is also very popular and has been arranged for many instruments. Godard's fourth sonata for violin and piano contains a scherzo written in the unusual time signature of 4. He wrote more than 100 songs.
According to the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, "Godard's compositions are unequal, if only because his productivity was enormous. He was at his best in works of smaller dimensions. Among his more ambitious works, the Symphonie légendaire may be singled out as being one of the most distinctive."
Godard was opposed to the music of Richard Wagner and also highly critical of Wagner's antisemitism. Godard's musical style was more in tune with those of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann.