Only reluctantly did the family allow their daughter to study at the Paris Conservatoire. Forced by her parents into a marriage with a 22-years-older industrialist, she had to take care of his five children. She herself brought three children into the world. The family circumstances allowed Mel to devote herself much more to composition from 1900 onwards. She then received several awards for her compositions.
Air Vaudois was probably written when she visited her son in an internment camp in Switzerland during the First World War.