Benjamin Louis Paul Godard (1849 – 1895) was a french child prodigy and violinist.
In 1878 he won the Prix de la Ville de Paris with a symphony called Le Tasso. He wrote a long list of pieces including eight operas, many symphonies and over hundred songs. He was a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris, and in 1889 he was made knight of the french Legion d’honneur. Six years later he died of tuberculosis, only 45 years old.
Godard’s musical style was in the classical tradition of Mendelssohn and Schumann, and he was very critical of Wagner’s music and antisemitic views.