French composer and musicologist José Berghmans (1921-1992) studied at the Brussels Conservatory and at the Paris Conservatoire under Olivier Messiaen. His La Femme A Barbe remains popular within the Trombone repertoire.
Berghmans was a significant composer of film music and therefore, much of his music was dramatic and expressive. La Femme A Barbe comes from Berghmans' Fairground Tables. La Femme A Barbe is dramatic and expressive, containing much variation in articulation, rhythm, range, tonality and performance directions, amongst other aspects. For all intermediate to advanced trombonists, Berghmans' La Femme A Barbe provides an exciting addition to the repertoire.