Léonard Gautier

Jean Léonard Louis Anton Gautier (12 July 1866 – 27 October 1955) was a German-born French composer famous for his simple eighth-note melody piano piece called Le Secret which at one time appeared in all of the popular piano anthologies and still continues appearing in current famous piano collection pieces such as The Piano Bench of Classical Music.

Gautier was born in Altona, Hamburg, the eldest of eight children born to circus operator Jean-Baptiste-Anton-Bernardin-Marie Gautier and Marie-Honorine Monseiller Gautier. He was married to Emelina Albertine Rosalie Loyal and brother of Louis Frederik Gautier.

Select compositions:

  • Le Secret (Intermezzo Pizzicato No. 276) (1916): versions exist for piano solo, piano trio, piano and violin, woodwind trio and many more
  • La Bergeronette
  • Twilight Whispers
  • The Fairie Wand Waltz (1893)
  • My Hope My All in All
  • Salut d'amour (Exercise no. 3)
  • Oh Dem Golden Slippers (Polka)
  • Alerte! (Marche Militaire)
  • The Fairie Barque (1913)
  • Pretty Maidens (Danse Gracieuse)

Birth and Death Data: Born July 12, 1866 (Altona), Died October 27, 1955

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-8876 10-in. 4/21/1910 Le secret Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-14337 10-in. 1/16/1914 Le secret itermezzo Vessella's Italian Band Band composer  
Victor B-25908 10-in. 12/19/1921 La bergeronette Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-26539 10-in. 6/13/1922 Exercise no. 3 : Salut d'amour Frank Croxton Physical instruction, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-27978 10-in. 5/28/1923 Ejercicios físicos, nos. 3 y 4 Alcides Briceño Physical instruction, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-37195 10-in. 12/30/1926 Le secret Victor Salon Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-041764 10-in. 10/13/1939 Secret Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-067556 10-in. 8/12/1941 Le secret Magnante's Accordion Band Accordion quartet, with guitar and string bass composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gautier, Léonard," accessed July 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100281.

Gautier, Léonard. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100281.

"Gautier, Léonard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100281

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