Benjamin Godard (1849-1895) was born in Paris and entered the Conservatoire there at the age of 14. He became a Professor at the same establishment in 1887, and was made a Chevalier of the Lègion d’honneur in 1889. He composed many pieces in all genres, including symphonies, concerti, sonatas, chambers works and songs. Highly opposed to the style and ideology of Wagner, his style lies alongside that of Mendelssohn and Schumann. These Morceaux were originially written for a string tro of violin, viola and cello. The opening Ballade features high, flowing melodies in the first oboe supported by the other two instruments. The second movement, Dans le bois, has the two oboes working in counterpoint over the bass line. Rêve, the third movement, starts with a serene oboe tune before a more agitated middle section. The final scherzo is a romp across the full range of the the instruments, with lively counterpoint creating interest in all parts. Requiring nimble fingers and accurate articulation (particularly in oboe 1) these charming little miniatures are a chance to get more acquainted with the music of a composer who has fallen out of favour.