The French composer, Hedwige Chretien (1859-1944) was
appointed to a position as music professor at the Paris
Conservatory in 1889, where she had previously been a
composition student of Ernest Guiraud (who was also
the teacher of Debussy and Dukas). In the concours
of 1881, she
won first prize in harmony, counterpoint and fugue. In
other competitions she won first prize in piano and in
composition. A prolific composer, her compositions, ca.
150 in all, consists mostly of vocal songs, piano
pieces, orchestral and chamber works.
One of the most extensive collections of her work in the
United States is held in the Women Composers Collection
at the University of Michigan, which is available on
microfilm from that and other libraries.
Scene Rustique was composed in 1921 and is approximately