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Hahn, Reynaldo

Hahn, Reynaldo (b Carácas, 1874; d Paris, 1947). Fr. composer and conductor. Mus. critic Le Figaro 1934. Mus. dir. Paris Opéra 1945–6. His operas incl. 2 special successes, Ciboulette (1923) and Le marchand de Venise (1935). The mus. comedy Mozart (1925) (with lib. by Sacha Guitry) was also popular, not least for having Yvonne Printemps in the title-role. Though he wrote ballets, operetta, a cantata, pf. conc., vn. conc., vc. conc., str. qt., and incid. mus., he is best remembered by his elegant and charming songs (which he sang, acc. himself). They incl. Si mes vers avaient des ailes. Was intimate friend of Marcel Proust.

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Hahn, Reynaldo

Reynaldo Hahn, 1875–1947, French musician. Hahn was born in Venezuela and was taken to Paris at three. Among his teachers was Massenet. He wrote much incidental music, songs, operettas, and other works. As a conductor he specialized in Mozart operas. In 1945 he became a director of the Paris Opéra.

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