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Léo Delibes

February 21, 1836 - January 16, 1891
born in Saint-Germain-du-Val, Sarthe, France, composed during the Romantic period
Léo Delibes was the first notable composer of ballet to emerge after the death of Rameau, the art of ballet composition having suffered a period of neglect in the interim. Delibes was the first to craft a full-length ballet score with the care and distinction already common among the best opera composers; not only could he produce buoyant, memorable tunes, but he delivered them in sparkling orchestrations. He also wrote several operas, of which Lakmé -- which generated one popular aria (the "Bell Song") and a now-ubiquitous duet -- is the best known.

Delibes studied at the Paris Conservatory under Adolphe Adam. In 1853, he became accompanist at the Théâtre-Lyrique, moving to the same position at the prestigious Paris Opéra ten years later. His great success as a composer of music for the theater in the 1870s and early 1880s gained him a professorship in composition at the conservatory in 1881, and membership in the French Institute in 1884.

The French did not place much value on instrumental music during Delibes' youth, so the emerging composer concentrated on light-hearted operettas and farces in the manner of Offenbach. His first opportunity to work on a large ballet score came in 1866, when he collaborated with Ludwig Minkus on La Source. The success of this ballet led eventually to commissions for the two works that would again raise ballet music to its highest level: Coppélia (1870), based on a story of E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Sylvia (1876), based on a mythological theme. The former is still produced regularly; both light, graceful works generated concert suites that, although not as common in the concert hall as they might be, have been frequently recorded.

Meanwhile, Delibes honed his skill as an opera composer. Most notable are his opéra comique Le Roi l'a dit (1873) and his more serious, exotic Lakmé (1883). Delibes's church music (he once worked as an organist) has fallen by the wayside, as have most of his colorful songs, with the exception of Les Filles de Cadiz, which exudes the same Franco-Spanish air as Bizet's Carmen.

His most important work, clearly, was for the stage, particularly those two 90-minute ballet scores. Their significance, beyond their own merits, is the direct influence they had on Tchaikovsky, whose mastery of the symphonic ballet owes everything to Coppélia and Sylvia. ~ James Reel, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Delibes: Lakmé / Bonynge, Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Disc 1
Title: Lakmé, Opera

1. Lakmé, Opera: Prelude

2. Lakmé, Opera: A L'heure Accoutumee

3. Lakmé, Opera: Blanche Dourga

4. Lakmé, Opera: Lakme, C'est Toi Qui Nous Proteges!

5. Lakmé, Opera: Viens, Mallika... Dome Epais Le Jasmin

6. Lakmé, Opera: Miss Rose, Miss Ellen

7. Lakmé, Opera: Quand Une Femme Est Si Jolie

8. Lakmé, Opera: Leur Vertu Bizarre Manque D'apparat

9. Lakmé, Opera: Prendre Le Dessin D'un Bijou... Fantaisie Aux Divins Mensonges

10. Lakmé, Opera: C'est Elle...c'est Lakme

11. Lakmé, Opera: Les Fleurs Me Paraissent Plus Belles...pourquoi Dans Les Grands Bois

12. Lakmé, Opera: D'ou Viens-tu? Que Veux-tu?

13. Lakmé, Opera: C'est Le Dieu De La Jeunesse

14. Lakmé, Opera: Entr'acte

15. Lakmé, Opera: Allons, Avant Que Midi Sonne

16. Lakmé, Opera: Ils Sont Assourdissants!

17. Lakmé, Opera: Dances (Terana-rektah-persian)

18. Lakmé, Opera: Voyez Donc Ce Vieillard Et Cette Jeune Fille

19. Lakmé, Opera: Lakme, Ton Doux Regard Se Voile

Disc 2

1. Lakmé, Opera: Ah, C'est De Ta Douleur

2. Lakmé, Opera: Ou Va La Jeune Indoue (Air Des Clochettes - Bell Song)

3. Lakmé, Opera: La Rage Me Devore

4. Lakmé, Opera: Au Milieu Des Chants D'allegresse

5. Lakmé, Opera: Le Maitre Ne Pense Qu'a Sa Vengeance

6. Lakmé, Opera: Lakme! Lakme! C'est Toi!

7. Lakmé, Opera: Dans La Foret Pres De Nous

8. Lakmé, Opera: O Dourga, Toi Qui Renais

9. Lakmé, Opera: Voyez Cette Ville En Fete

10. Lakmé, Opera: Act II: Entr'acte

11. Lakmé, Opera: Sous Le Ciel Tout Etoile

12. Lakmé, Opera: Quel Vague Souvenir Alourdit Ma Pensee...ah! Viens, Dans La Foret Profonde

13. Lakmé, Opera: La, Je Pourrai T'entendre

14. Lakmé, Opera: Vivant! -- Ah! Frederick!

15. Lakmé, Opera: Ils Allaient Deux A Deux

16. Lakmé, Opera: Tu M'as Donne Le Plus Doux Reve

17. Lakmé, Opera: C'est Lui! C'est Lui!

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Track List: Delibes: The 3 Ballets

Disc 1
Title: Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet

1. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Prelude Et Mazurka

2. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Valse Lente

3. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene

4. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Mazurka

5. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene (2)

6. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Ballade De L'epi

7. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Theme Slave Varie

8. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Czardas (Danse Hongroise) - Sortie

9. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Finale

10. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Entr'acte Et Valse

11. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene (3)

12. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene (4)

13. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Musique Des Automates - Scene

14. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene (5)

15. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Chanson A Boire Et Scene

16. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene Et Valse De La Poupee

17. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene (6)

18. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Bolero

19. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Gigue

20. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Scene (7)

Disc 2

1. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Marche De La Cloche

2. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Introduction

3. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Valse Des Heures

4. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: L'aurore

5. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: La Priere

6. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Le Travail (La Fileuse)

7. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: L'hymen (Noce Villageoise)

8. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: La Discorde Et La Guerre

9. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: La Paix

10. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Danse De Fete

11. Coppélia, Ou La Fille Aux Yeux D'émail, Ballet: Galop Final

Title: Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet

12. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Prelude

13. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Scherzo

14. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Le Berger (Pastorale)

15. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Les Chasseresses

16. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Intermezzo

17. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Valse Lente

18. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Scene

19. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Cortege Rustique

20. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Scene (2)

21. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Entree Du Sorcier (Finale)

Disc 3

1. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Entr'acte

2. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Chant Bacchique

3. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Orion (Scene)

4. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Scene Finale

5. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Pas Des Ethiopiens

6. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Scene Et Danse De La Bacchante

7. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Marche Et Cortege De Bacchus

8. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Scene (3)

9. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Barcarolle

10. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Pizzicati

11. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Andante

12. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Pas Des Esclaves

13. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Valse

14. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Galop

15. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Le Temple De Diane (Finale)

16. Sylvia, Ou La Nymphe De Diane, Ballet: Apparition D'endymion (Apotheose)

Title: La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus)

17. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Prelude

18. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scherzo

19. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): L'ephemere: Scene Dansee

20. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene

21. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Marche De La Caravane

22. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Berceuse

Disc 4

1. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Pas De La Guzla

2. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Pas De La Guzla (2)

3. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene (2)

4. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene Dansee: Apparition De Naila

5. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Valse

6. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene Et Danse

7. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Danse Des Sylphes Et Des Lutins

8. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Variation De Naila

9. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene Et Danse (2)

10. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Galop

11. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene Finale

12. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Introduction

13. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene (3)

14. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene: Arrivee De Nouredda

15. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Pas Des Voiles

16. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Andante

17. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Variation

18. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Finale: Danse Circassienne

19. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene (4)

20. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Pas De Naila: Scherzo-polka

21. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene Et Pas D'action

22. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene (5)

23. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene (6)

24. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Marche Dansee Et Finale

25. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Introduction (2)

26. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene (7)

27. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Romance

28. La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus): Scene Et Danse (3)

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Track List: The Best Of French Ballet

Title: Coppélia, Suite For Orchestra
Title: Sylvia, Suite From The Ballet
Title: La Source, Ou Naïla, Ballet (Collaboration With Léon Minkus)
Title: Le Roi S'amuse, Incidental Music ("Six Airs De Danse Dans Le Style Ancien")
Title: Kassya, Opera (Completed And Orchestrated By Massenet)

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Haunting music.
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The art a ballet ,is signifigance - i n - b o d y - m i n d - s p i r i t "CONTROL"... . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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"Marinatha! To MUSIC APPRCIATORS
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Now here is .......tempo . . . . . b r a s s & w o o d w i n d . With Strings in absolute harmony!
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Fable:Only a Wealthy,or sponsered by Rich&famous. A t t e n d these types of musical presentation s . . . . . . ( S O UN-TRUE).
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Wow, ENTIRELY unfamiliar with the man or his work. Very powerful, reminds of both Wagner & Tchaikovsky.
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No me canso de escucharla.. .
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L'une des meilleures compositions que j'aie jamais entendue. Magnifique.
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I dance to his music
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Love this kind of music, so relaxing like doing homework and studying while this kind of music is on.
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This composer is a nice find...
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This lilting barcarole is one of the most magnificent pieces ever written. I can almost see Lakme and her maid floating down the river.
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Hey, want to listen to an eight to nine year old girl sing opera songs? Look up Clare Henry on YouTube. She sings several. I am her singing partner but don't appear in any of her videos. Look up Clare Henry on YouTube.
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I love ballet music so peaceful ��
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Sounds modern but over 150 yrs.
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Even Shakespeare didn't have enough words to describe how beautiful his music is.
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Vbbhhh
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Lovely
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So rich and full, it's as if all of ones senses are taken to another level and held in a beautiful trance.
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Feels like im dancing ��
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Just Simply Beautiful
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It is so soothing.
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The company I dance with just fix Coppelia. It was so fun and I loved the music.
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Always enjoyed playing Delibes' music.
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The best. Ever
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Merci, Delibes! C'est Magnifique.
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makes studying for my org chem I final enjoyable
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perfect for ballet!
I am a dancer.
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Is this a apra
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Delibes , Lakme ,Magnifique !
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Soothes every cell...
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I am dancing to this in my living room
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I love ballet because it has no words it's just music and dance and the music has a story in it and u act it out with a dance called ballet
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Music soothes the savage beast.
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How is a balloon ride gentle? ha. It's scary
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This very great music and also relaxing !!
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