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Léon Delahaye : Les Révérences - Menuet

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Published on Dec 19, 2012

The French composer Léon Delahaye (1844 - 1896) seems to be remembered now only for having made piano reductions of operas by Saint-Saëns and Ambroise Thomas, and also for establishing a Schumann appreciation society in the 1870s. However, since I recorded his minuet 'Columbinbe' in 2011 I have seen more of his music, and he seems to have been a very talented composer of waltzes and other salon pieces. This minuet (composed in or before 1869) is dedicated to Antoine-François Marmontel, the influential piano professor at the Paris Conservatoire, and the care that Delahaye has taken in its composition is evident. The inspiration is similar to that of Granados' 'Los Requiebros', and the cover art shows an 18th century gentleman, sword in hand, conversing with a lady.
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