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 Léo Delibes

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Léo Delibes

  • Birth 21 Feb 1836
  • Death 16 Jan 1891
  • Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Plot Division 9
  • Memorial ID 6798

Composer. He is known for his theatre music, which is romantic and charming though rather lacking in depth. Of his works the ballets "Coppelia" (1870) and "Sylvia" (1876) remain popular. Delibes' opera "Lakme" (1883), seldom staged today, has yielded two enduring numbers: the coloratura showpiece "The Bell Song", and the lovely "Flower Duet". The latter has become familiar to listeners through its frequent appearance in TV commercials, especially the British Airways ads of the 1990's. Clement Philibert Leo Delibes was born in St. Germain-du-Val, France. He studied at the Paris Conservatory and was a rehearsal pianist at the Theatre Lyrique before his composing career took off in the 1870's. Tchaikovsky thought highly of his talent. Though at best a second-tier composer, Delibes was able to acknowledge great music when he heard it. When Cesar Franck's Symphony in D Minor was hissed at its 1889 Paris premiere, Delibes was virtually alone in defending the work.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Oct 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6798
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Léo Delibes (21 Feb 1836–16 Jan 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6798, citing Cimetiere de Montmartre, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .