Paule Maurice

Born in Paris in 1919, Paule Maurice is perhaps best known for Tableaux de Provence, a piece which Marshall Taylor describes as “one of the finest works of the French saxophone repertoire.”  She studied at the Conservatoire Nationals Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she won a number of prizes including in fugue, harmony and composition. Tableaux de Provence was written for Marcel Mule, one of the pioneers of the modern saxophone, and was premiered in 1958 with an orchestra directed by Maurice’s husband Pierre Lantier. Lantier was from the Provence region, and the couple spent their summers in a house in Sanary-sue-Mer. In addition to composition, Maurice and Lantier wrote an influential harmony treatise called Complément du Traité d’Harmonie de Reber, an updated version of an 1862 treatise to accommodate developments in composition. Maurice died in her native Paris in 1967.