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Delibes, (Clément Philibert) Léo

Delibes, (Clément Philibert) Léo (b St Germain-du-Val, nr. Le Mans, 1836; d Paris, 1891). Fr. composer and organist. Org., St Pierre de Chaillot, 1853–62. Became acc. at Théâtre Lyrique, 1853. First operetta, Deux Sous de Charbon, 1855, led to series of popular short works in this genre. 2nd chorusmaster at Opéra 1865. Wrote ballets Coppélia (1870) and Sylvia (1876), and 3 works for the Opéra-Comique, Le Roi l'a dit (1873), Jean de Nivelle (1880), and Lakmé (1883). A 4-act opera, Kassya, was left unfinished, completed by Massenet, and staged 1893. Wrote incidental mus. for Le Roi s'amuse (1882) and 15 songs, best-known being Les Filles de Cadiz. Org., St Jean-St François, 1862–71. Prof. of comp., Paris Cons. 1881. Name frequently misspelt ‘Délibes’.

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Delibes, Léo

Léo Delibes (lāô´ dəlēb´), 1836–91, French composer. After studying at the Conservatory in Paris, he became an accompanist at the Théâtre-Lyrique in 1853, and, ten years later, at the Paris Opéra. He achieved great success with his ballets, especially Coppélia (1870) and Sylvia (1876). Delibes also wrote many operettas and several operas, of which Lakmé (1883) is the most famous. His music, profusely melodic and vividly orchestrated, is admirably suited for stage performance. He was also an organist and composed religious music.

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Delibes, (Clément Philibert) Léo (1836–91) French composer. He was famous for his ballet music, especially Coppélia (1870), and also wrote several operas (Lakmé, 1883), as well as sacred and secular choral works.

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