InstantEncore
Biography
(1836-1891).  French organist and composer, especially of ballets, operettas and operas.

Delibes studied at the Paris Conservatory under Adolphe Adam, whose ballet "Giselle" remains a perenniel favorite.  Then, Delibes went on to advance the cause of romantic ballet with his own dance masterpieces, "Coppelia" (1870) and "Sylvia" (1876).  Both works remain all-time ballet favorites, inspiring future generations of choreographers and composers, including Tchaikovsky.

Leo Delibes also wrote for voice.  His early operettas and 15 songs culminated in his opera "Lakme", which is his greatest operatic achievement.  Additionally, his incidental music "Le Roi s'amuse" is highly regarded.

Delibes was a fine organist, and held several important positions at major Parisian churches. 

A master of romantic technique and composition, he was invited to return to the Paris Conservatory in 1881 as Professor of Composition.
This biography was most recently edited by...
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
InstantEncore