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Reynaldo Hahn

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Reynaldo Hahn


Reynaldo Hahn (9 August 1875, Caracas, Venezuela - 28 January 1947, Paris) was a Venezuelan and French composer, conductor, music critic and diarist. He came to Paris, France, at the age of three. A child prodigy, Reynaldo made his début at the salon of the eccentric Princess Mathilde (Napoleon's niece), accompanying himself on the piano as he sang arias by Jacques Offenbach. At the age of eight, Hahn composed his first songs. He studied at the Paris Conservatory, and in his study there he was much influenced by one of his teachers, Jules Massenet.

Hahn composed eight operas and was director of the Paris Opera for several years. He also composed incidental music to many other theater productions. Best known as a composer of songs, he wrote in the French classical tradition of the mélodie. The fine craftsmanship, remarkable beauty, and originality of his works capture the insouciance of la belle époque. Among his other works are orchestral and choral works and numerous piano pieces and songs.

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