Léo Delibes

Clément Philibert Léo Delibes (French: [klemɑ̃ filibɛʁ leo dəlib]; 21 February 1836 – 16 January 1891) was a French composer, best known for his ballets and operas. His works include the ballets Coppélia (1870) and Sylvia (1876) and the opera Lakmé (1883).

Born into a musical family, Delibes enrolled at France's foremost music academy, the Conservatoire de Paris, when he was twelve, studying under several professors including Adolphe Adam. After composing light comic opérettes in the 1850s and 1860s, while also serving as a church organist, Delibes achieved public recognition for his music for the ballet La Source in 1866. His later ballets Coppélia and Sylvia were key works in the development of modern ballet, giving the music much greater importance than previously. He composed a small number of mélodies, some of which are still performed frequently.

Delibes had several attempts at writing more serious operas, and achieved a considerable critical and commercial success in 1883 with Lakmé. In his later years he joined the faculty of the Conservatoire, teaching composition. He died at his home in Paris at the age of 54. Coppélia and Sylvia remain core works in the international ballet repertoire, and Lakmé is revived from time to time in opera houses.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 21st, 1836 (La Flèche), Died Paris

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]557 7-in. 12/4/1900 Dôme épais Rosalia Chalia ; Jane Frankel Vocal duet (soprano and contralto) composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1399 7-in. 5/20/1902 Bonjour Suzon Monsieur Fernand Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1399 10-in. 5/20/1902 Bonjour Suzon Monsieur Fernand Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1441 7-in. 6/20/1902 Scherzo Darius Lyons ; Sousa's Band Piccolo solo, with band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1441 10-in. 6/20/1902 Sylva Scherzo Darius Lyons ; Sousa's Band Piccolo solo, with band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]31094 12-in. 1901-1902 Ballet selection from Sylvia Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-277 7-in. 8/15/1903 Ballet—Pizzicato Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-277 10-in. 8/15/1903 Ballet—Pizzicato Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor C-277 12-in. 8/15/1903 Ballet—Pizzicato Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-428 10-in. 9/17/1903 Les filles de Cadiz Lillian Blauvelt Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-973 10-in. Jan. 1904 Bonjour Suzon Monsieur Fernand Baritone vocal solo composer  
Victor B-1805 10-in. 10/18/1904 Coppelia : Selections Garde Républicaine Band Band composer  
Victor B-1816 10-in. 10/19/1904 Prelude and mazurka Garde Républicaine Band Band composer  
Victor B-2206 10-in. 1/27/1905 Sylvia ballet - marche Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2207 10-in. 1/27/1905 Sylvia ballet - valse lente Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-2311 12-in. 2/17/1905 Stances de Lakme Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-2414 10-in. 3/25/1905 Sylvia ballet : Pizzicato Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-2601 10-in. 6/6/1905 Les filles de Cadiz Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-2601 12-in. 6/6/1905 Les filles de Cadiz Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-3072 12-in. 1/31/1906 Naila intermezzo Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-4232 12-in. 2/1/1907 Bell song Bessie Abott ; Victor Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4251 10-in. 2/15/1907 Coppelia valse Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-4517 10-in. 5/21/1907 Les filles de Cadiz Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-4831 12-in. 9/24/1907 Où va la jeune Indoue? Ellen Beach Yaw Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6209 12-in. 5/20/1908 Dôme épais Emma Eames ; Louise Homer Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with piano composer  
Victor C-6225 12-in. 5/25/1908 Dôme épais le jasmin Emma Eames ; Louise Homer Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8379 10-in. 11/16/1909 Scarf dance Victor Dance Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-8400 12-in. 11/23/1909 Scarf dance Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-8401 12-in. 11/23/1909 Variation Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-8750 12-in. 3/25/1910 Immenso vienteso ... Vien al boscaglia John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8750 10-in. 3/25/1910 Vien nel contento profondo John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8855 10-in. 4/15/1910 Naila intermezzo Pietro Frosini Accordion solo composer  
Victor B-8965 10-in. 5/18/1910 Pizzicato polka William H. Reitz Xylophone solo, unaccompanied composer  
Victor C-10075 12-in. 3/18/1911 Dov'è l'Indiana bruna? Luisa Tetrazzini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and bells composer  
Victor B-11232 10-in. 11/14/1911 The maids of Cadiz Lucy Isabelle Marsh Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12228 12-in. 7/24/1912 Coppelia ballet Conway's Band Band composer  
Victor B-12543 10-in. 10/28/1912 Bon jour, Suzon! Charles Dalmorès Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-13811 10-in. 9/17/1913 Good-morning, Sue Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-14935 10-in. 6/4/1914 Valse lento Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-17833 12-in. 6/9/1916 Où va la jeune Hindoue Mabel Garrison Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-18595 12-in. 10/31/1916 Dov'e l'indiana bruna Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with bells and orchestra composer  
Victor B-18959 10-in. 1/4/1917 Pizzicato polka Charles Kellogg Whistling solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19891 10-in. 5/24/1917 Dans la forêt Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20467 10-in. 8/1/1917 Mazurka Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-20468 10-in. 8/1/1917 Czárdás Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-20628 12-in. 8/15/1917 Festival dance and waltz of the hours Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-21223 12-in. 12/4/1917 Strings Victor Orchestra Instructional composer  
Victor C-21446 12-in. 2/13/1918 Entr'acte et valse Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-22280 12-in. 10/8/1918 O fantasia Carlos Mejía Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-22893 10-in. 6/6/1919 Stances Georges Baklanoff Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23134 10-in. 9/3/1919 Les filles de Cadix Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-23134 10-in. 3/26/1930 Les filles de Cadix Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23437 10-in. 10/27/1919 Passepied Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-24379 12-in. 8/12/1920 Lakmé fantasie Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Victor B-25535 10-in. 8/26/1921 Pizzicato polka Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-28494 10-in. 9/21/1923 Fantaisie aux divins mensonges Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-28494 10-in. 11/25/1925 Fantaisie aux divins mensonges Tito Schipa Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-28617 10-in. 9/28/1923 Coppélia ballet : Entr'acte and waltz Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-28618 10-in. 9/28/1923 Naïla ballet : Intermezzo Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-28645 10-in. 10/8/1923 Pourquoi dans les grands bois Lucrezia Bori Soprano vocal solo, with violin and orchestra composer  
Victor B-29037 10-in. 11/27/1923 Lakmé, ton doux regard se voile Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-30285 10-in. 6/16/1924 Coppelia : Waltz Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-31703 10-in. 5/12/1925 Passepied Ossip Gabrilowitsch Piano solo composer  
Victor B-31703 10-in. 1/13/1925 Passepied Ossip Gabrilowitsch Piano solo composer  
Victor C-31850 12-in. 2/16/1925 Arioso Maria Jeritza Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35175 10-in. 6/3/1926 Bonjour, Suzon Fred De Lima Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-37802 10-in. 2/8/1927 Strings Victor Orchestra Instructional composer  
Victor CVE-38429 12-in. 4/4/1927 Chacone Irene Gruenberg Piano solo composer  
Victor CVE-41400 12-in. 12/5/1927 Cortege of Bacchus Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-42563 12-in. 3/26/1928 Les filles de Cadix Mary Lewis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-50789 12-in. 4/3/1929 Oú va la jeune Hindoue Sofia Del Campo Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-51984 10-in. 5/9/1929 Mazurka Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-59550 12-in. 3/25/1930 Lakmé : Aria Hubert Raidich Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-59725 10-in. 3/26/1930 Où va la jeune Indoue Lily Pons Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-59726 10-in. 3/26/1930 Là bas, dans la forêt Lily Pons Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CSHQ-73134 12-in. 7/28/1932 Bell song, part 1 Mrs. F. Wagner Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CSHQ-73135 12-in. 7/28/1932 Bell song, part 2 Mrs. F. Wagner Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CS-75867 12-in. 6/15/1933 Les filles de Cadiz Louise Russell Holsman Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-81556 10-in. 1/19/1934 Pas des écharpes Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-81557 10-in. 1/19/1934 Scene d'amour variations Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-81558 10-in. 1/19/1934 Scherzo polka Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-81559 10-in. 1/19/1934 Pizzicato polka Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-81560 10-in. 1/20/1934 Cortege de Bacchus Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-81561 10-in. 1/20/1934 Cortege de Bacchus—concluded Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-83148 10-in. 5/14/1934 Passepied Bruno Reibold ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-86258 10-in. 11/26/1934 Où va la jeune Indoue? Hazel Glenn Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-86259 10-in. 11/26/1934 Où va la jeune Indoue? Hazel Glenn Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-87582 10-in. 1/14/1935 Coppelia : Valse and entr'acte Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra composer  
Victor C-[Unnumbered 1918-03-15-02] 12-in. 3/15/1918 Entr'acte et valse Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PCVE-171 12-in. 4/21/1926 Dance of the automatons and waltz Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PBVE-181 10-in. 4/24/1926 Intermezzo and valse lente Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PBVE-182 10-in. 4/24/1926 Pizzicati Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor S-232 12-in. July 1907 Baleto Banda de Policía de México Band composer  
Victor S-448 12-in. 11/10/1910 Baleto Banda de Policía de México Band composer  
Victor CS-010970 12-in. 6/29/1937 Coppélia ballet—Suite Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-010971 12-in. 6/29/1937 Coppélia ballet—Suite Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-017124 12-in. 11/18/1937 Pourqoi Isidore Luckstone ; Marguerite Starrell Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CS-023954 12-in. 6/29/1938 Intermezzo The Aeolians Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BS-027236 10-in. 9/28/1938 Les filles de Cadix Frank La Forge ; Lily Pons Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-074301 10-in. 4/7/1942 Maids of Cadiz Ralph Ginsburgh ; Palmer House Ensemble Instrumental quintet composer  
Victor [Trial 1916-10-12-01] Not documented 10/12/1916 Bell song Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo composer  
Victor [Trial 1916-10-28-04] Not documented 10/28/1916 Bell song Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo composer  
Columbia 1830 10-in. ca. Jan.-July 1904 Valse lente Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 1831 10-in. ca. Jan.-July 1904 Pizzicato Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 3135 10-in. ca. Jan -Mar. 1906 Stances Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 4039 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1909 Où va la jeune Indoue Camille Borello Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 19253 10-in. 3/9/1911 Intermezzo et valse lente Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 19254 10-in. 3/9/1911 Pizzicato Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 38205 10-in. 8/16/1912 Circassian dance Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 45631 10-in. 5/12/1915 Pourquoi donc Isa Jeynevald-Mercier Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46897 10-in. 7/1/1916 Passepied Little Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 79846 10-in. 5/16/1921 Les filles de Cadiz Lucy Gates Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30107 12-in. ca. 1907-Feb. 1908 Lakmé, ton doux regard Charles Gilibert Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 30113 12-in. ca. 1907-Feb. 1908 Les filles de Cadix Lillian Blauvelt Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 30471 12-in. 4/21/1910 Sous le dome epais le jasmin Eugenie Bronskaja ; Bettina Freeman Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo soprano), with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30647 12-in. ca. 1911 Les filles de Cadix Olive Fremstad Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30951 12-in. ca. 1912 Dov'e l'indiana bruna Bernice De Pasquali Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 36494 12-in. 11/22/1912 Lakmé, ton doux regard Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 36727 12-in. ca. 1913 Entr' acte et valse Taddeo Di Girolamo ; Ellery Band Band composer  
Columbia 37157 12-in. ca. 1915 Bell song Felice Lyne Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37343 12-in. 7/8/1915 Naila ballet : Intermezzo Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 37464 12-in. 11/5/1915 Valse lento et pizzicato Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 37497 12-in. 12/3/1915 Coppelia ballet : Entr' acte et valse Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 48936 12-in. 9/28/1916 Valse lente Columbia Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49070 12-in. 1/15/1917 Waltz of the hours Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ; Ernst Kunwald Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49150 12-in. 3/12/1917 Pourquoi dans Maria Barrientos Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49151 12-in. 3/12/1917 Ou va la jeune Hindoue Maria Barrientos ; Giorgio Polacco Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49536 12-in. 10/23/1918 Cortege de Bacchus French Symphony Orchestra ; André Messager Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49539 12-in. 10/24/1918 Valse André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49541 12-in. 10/24/1918 Les chasseresses French Symphony Orchestra ; André Messager Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49704 12-in. 11/28/1919 Naila : Intermezzo Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ; Eugène Ysaÿe Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49789 12-in. 4/13/1920 Valse lente Columbia Symphony Orchestra ; Charles Adams Prince Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49849 12-in. 6/21/1920 Ou va la jeune Hindoue Florence Macbeth Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W140922 10-in. 9/9/1925 Dans la foret Charles Hackett Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Columbia W148026 10-in. 3/5/1929 Passepied Jelly d' Arányi Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 98283 12-in. 6/17/1926 Ou va la jeune Hindoue Eva Leoni Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11161 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Aria delle campanelle Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11168 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Aria delle campanelle Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 5695 12-in. between 1903 and 1908 Entre acto y vals del baileto "Coppelia" Banda Española Band composer  
OKeh S-794 10-in. ca. Sept. 1919 Waltz of the hours Patrick Conway ; Conway's Band Band composer  
OKeh S-795 10-in. ca. Sept. 1919 Czardas Conway's Band Band composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 20232-b] 12-in. approximately June 1918 Bell song Mme. Nadina Legat Female vocal solo composer  
Brunswick 4320 10-in. approximately Oct. 1920 Les filles de Cadix Virginia Rea Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick X14859-X14861 12-in. 2/8/1925 Prelude and mazurka Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Henri Verbruggen Orchestra composer  
Brunswick 15488-15489 10-in. 4/8/1925 Passepied Albert Spalding Violin solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick XC292-XC293 12-in. 5/5/1926 Prelude et mazurka Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Henri Verbruggen Orchestra composer  
Brunswick E29989 10-in. June 1929 Passepied André Benoist ; Albert Spalding Violin solo, with piano composer  
Edison 355 12-in. approximately Sept.-Oct. 1910 Dov' è l'Indiana bruna Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 373 12-in. approximately Oct. 1910 Bell song Lucette Korsoff Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 671 Not documented approximately June 1911 Intermezzo Band (unidentified; Edison Records) Band composer  
Edison 702 12-in. approximately July 1911 Bell song Melitta Heim Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 950 10-in. 3/4/1912 Entr'acte and waltz Armand Vecsey Hungarian Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 2182 10-in. Mar. 1913 Bell song Ellen Beach Yaw Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 2452 10-in. 9/11/1913 Naila Edison Concert Band Band composer  
Edison 2455 10-in. 9/15/1913 Pizzicati Edison Concert Band Band composer  
Edison 2744 10-in. Jan. 1914 Le roi l'a dit : Serenade Charlotte Kirwan ; Matilda Staats Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Edison 4861 10-in. 7/10/1916 Les filles de Cadix Alice Verlet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 4979 10-in. 9/11/1916 Ou va la jeune indoue Yvonne de Tréville Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6069 10-in. Mar. 1918 Arioso Pierre A. Asselin Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6567 10-in. 1/15/1919 Dov'e l'indiana bruna Consuelo Escobar de Castro Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7201 10-in. 3/8/1920 Stances Torcom Bézazian Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 11003 10-in. 5/25/1926 Fantaisie aux divins mensonges José Mojica Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 11104 10-in. 7/16/1926 Festival dance and waltz of the hours American Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 616i 12-in. 4/7/1908 Lakmé, akh, otchego potukhaet vzor tvoy "Nilakantha's aria" - (In Russian) Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 1455½c 12-in. May 1908 Aria delle campanelle Maria Galvany Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 2172f 12-in. 12/20/1907 Ou va la jeune hindoue Luisa Tetrazzini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 5753h 10-in. 1908 Dans la forêt près de nous Antonio Rocca ; Aline Vallandri Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 5933h 10-in. 1908 Pourquoi dans les grands bois Alice Verlet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 5975h 10-in. 1908 Fantaisies aux divins mensonges Antonio Rocca Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Delibes, Léo," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102756.

Delibes, Léo. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102756.

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