Hedwige (Gennaro)-Chrétien was a French composer.
Born; 15 July 1859 in Compiègne a commune in the Oise department in northern France.
She studied at the Paris Conservatoire, and was an organ student of César Franck. Théodore Dubois described her as "a fully accomplished musician, and one of the most brilliant graduates of the Conservatoire."
In 1881, she won first prize in harmony, counterpoint and fugue. She also won first prize in piano and in composition in other concours, which she entered.
Chrétien was appointed professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1889 where she had previously been a student from 1874.
She was a prolific composer, yet not much else is known about her life. Her compositions, about 150 in all, consist of pieces for piano, orchestral and chamber works, songs, two ballets and two one-act operas.
These three pieces are from her In Memoriam.
A collection of Funeral Pieces 1926.
John Henderson suggested I look at the music of this composer and sent me the score.
It is also available on IMSLP.
Some of her other music is in Armonies Paroissiales.
See also various performances on Youtube including;
Other organ works;
Cinq pièces brèves (organ)
Harmonies religieuses (organ or harmonium) 1922
In memoriam (1934) (violoncello and organ)
Meditation on an Offertoire
A l'Eglise (at the church)
Marche funèbre (organ)
Premier Album du jeune organiste (organ)