Mélanie “Mel” Bonis (1858-1937) was a prolific French composer of the late-Romantic era. Her extensive repertoire comprises over 300 compositions, spanning various forms such as piano solo and four hands, organ pieces, chamber music, mélodies, choral works, a mass, and orchestral compositions. Bonis’ compositions exhibit a distinctive style marked by lush harmonies, expressive melodies, and intricate counterpoint.

Bonis was too modest for self-promotion, and even her admirers at the time did not overlook her gender. After the First World War, her music fell into obscurity, and she became bedridden from arthritis. She continued to compose through the late 1920s, until her death in 1937, aged 79. Her works, which were largely rediscovered in the late 20th century, continue to delight audiences worldwide, reaffirming her status as a pioneering figure in the history of classical music.

The 20 pieces in this book are filled with humour, wit and delightful musical imagery.

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