Delcroix, Léon Charles

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Delcroix, Léon Charles

Delcroix, Léon Charles , Belgian composer; b. Brussels, Sept. 15, 1880; d. there, Nov. 14, 1938. He studied piano with J. Wieniawski, organ with A. Mailly, and composition with Ysaye in Brussels and d’Indy in Paris. He conducted theater orchs. in Belgium (1909–27); then devoted himself to composition. He wrote a biography of J. Wieniawski (Brussels, 1908).


DRAMATIC Cen’était qu’un réve; La Bacchante, ballet (Ghent, 1912); Le Petit Poucet, Opéra (Brussels, Oct. 9, 1913). ORCH.: Sym. (won the award of the Belgian Academy); Le Roi Harold; Çunacépa; Soir d’été a Lend; Le Val harmonieux; Rapsodie languedocienne; Marche cortège; Sérénade for Clarinet, Piano, and Orch.; Elégie et Poème for Violin and Orch. OTHER: Many chamber music WORKS (quartets, quintets, sonatas, etc.); piano pieces; church music; songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire