Cecile Chaminade (20 November 1861 – 20 March 1944) was a French composer and pianist of the late Romantic period. She was born in Paris, brought up by her mother, very briefly attended the Conservatoire de Musique et Déclamation (Conservatory of Music and Drama), then became an assistant to Camille Saint-Saëns at the Conservatoire. She married a lawyer, Louis Tiercelin, in 1890 and had no children.
Chaminade was “reputed to be one of the most able pianists of her day”. In 1897 she began composing songs for voice and piano which set poems by many well-known lyricists. Her songs were performed by some leading French singers of the time and received high praise in the press. Many of her hundreds of songs (known as “Chansons”) remain popular today, both for their intrinsic qualities and because they capture the spirit of the era in which they were composed.