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(Photo Anthony's, Paris, collection                                         
Bernard Lantier)

Paule Charlotte Marie Jeanne Maurice was a French composer born in Paris September 29, 1910 to Raoul Auguste Alexandre Maurice and Marguerite Jeanne Lebrun and died August 18, 1967 in Paris. Registration lists at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris report that her father was an office worker and state only that the two were married. Her most famous composition is Tableaux de Provence pour saxophone et orchestre written between 1948 and 1955 dedicated to saxophone virtuoso, Marcel Mule. It has five movements entitled, Farandoulo di Chatouno, Cansoun per ma mio, La Boumiano, Dis Alyscamps l'amo souspire, and Lou cabridan. It is most often heard as a piano reduction. It was premiered on December 9, 1958 by Jean-Marie Londeix with the Orchestre Symphonique Brestois directed by Maurice's husband, and fellow composer, Pierre Lantier. Maurice's other compostions include Suite pour quatour de flutes, Volio, Cosmorama, Concerto pour piano et orchestre, Memoires de un chat, Trois pieces pour violon, and many more. There are more titles catalogued in the the library of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where Maurice studied and spent her professional life. Paule Maurice's teachers included Jean Gallon (Harmony), Noël Gallon (Counterpoint and Fugue) and Henri Büsser (Composition). From 1933 to 1947 Maurice was Jean Gallon's teaching assistant. She received first prize of harmony in 1933, second prize of fugue in 1934, and in 1939 received first prize in composition. In 1942, Maurice was appointed Professor of Déchiffrage (sight-reading), and in 1965 became Professor of Harmonic Analysis at l'Ecole Normale de Musique. Maurice taught many students who became professors to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with some winning the Prix de Rome (saxame.org). Paule Maurice and Pierre Lantier wrote a treatise on harmony entitled Complement du Traite d'Harmonie de Reber and became an important reference work in France and abroad. It was intended to be used in conjunction with the 1862 treatise of Napolean Henri Reber entitled Traite d'Harmonie. The impact of Stravinsky, Debussy, and Ravel created the need to update harmonic analysis.


  • Complement du Traite d'Harmonie de Reber [1]
  • A Comprehensive Guide to the Saxophone Repertoire, 1844-2003 by Jean-Marie Londeix
  • Jean-Marie Londeix: Master of the Modern Saxophone by James Umble
  • Marcel Mule, His Life, and the Saxophone by Eugene Rousseau
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone by Richard Ingham
  • Who is Paule Maurice? Her Relative Anonymity and its Consequences 

Works list derived from Paule Maurice's 1960 curriculum vitae(professional biography) on www.saxame.org:

  • Symphonie
  • Concerto pour piano et orchestre
  • Concerto Giocoso (piano et orchestre)
  • 2 ballets (" Cosmorama " ­Commande de l’État- ; " Idylle exotique ")
  • Poème symphonique (" L’Embarquement pour Cithère " ­Commande de l’État-)
  • Tableaux de Provence; suite pour saxophone
  • Quatuor de flûtes
  • Quatuor à cordes
  • Trio pour anches
  • 3 Suites d’orchestre (" Quartier latin ", " Tourisme ", Night Club chez Belzébuth "
  • Suite pour 2 pianos (9 pièces)
  • Variations pour piano
  • 5 Pièces pour piano (Ed. DURAND)
  • 9 Pièces pour piano (LEDUC)
  • 6 Pièces pour piano (P. NOËL)
  • 5 Préludes pour piano (FONGÈRES)
  • 3 Pièces violon piano (NOËL)
  • Mélodies (NOËL)
  • Musiques de scène (" Les Caprices de Marianne ", " On ne badine pas avec l¹amour ", Watheau ", " Patounet " )
  • Pièces pour flûte
  • Pièces pour saxophone
  • Pièces pour clarinette
  • Chœurs Mélodies

In preparation at the time of her 1960 curriculum vitae : Suite pour 2 pianos et orchestre.

Compositions awarded prizes:

  • Plusieurs œuvres ont été primées.
  • Prix HALPHEU (Composition) ;
  • Prix du Congrès Marial de Boulogne pour une Cantate ;
  • Prix pour l’ensemble de la composition féminine ;
  • Prix du public et du Jury aux Concerts PASDELOUP ;
  • Prix Georges HUE pour la mélodie.

Compositions documented by academic database World Cat:

  • Tableaux de Provence
  • Suite pour quatour de flutes
  • Volio (saxophone etude)
  • Memoires d'un chat
  • Concerto pour piano et orchestre
  • Cosmorama
  • Trois pieces pour violon

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