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Reynaldo Hahn

Reynaldo Hahn de Echenagucia (9 August 1874 – 28 January 1947) was a Venezuelan-born French composer, conductor, music critic, and singer. He is best known for his songs – mélodies – of which he wrote more than 100.

Hahn was born in Caracas but his family moved to Paris when he was a child, and he lived most of his life there. Following the success of his song "Si mes vers avaient des ailes" (If my verses had wings), written when he was aged 14, he became a prominent member of fin de siècle French society. Among his closest friends were Sarah Bernhardt and Marcel Proust. After the First World War, in which he served in the army, Hahn adapted to new musical and theatrical trends and enjoyed successes with his first opérette, Ciboulette (1923) and a collaboration with Sacha Guitry, the musical comedy Mozart (1926). During the Second World War Hahn, who was of Jewish descent, took refuge in Monaco, returning to Paris in 1945 where he was appointed director of the Opéra. He died in Paris in 1947, aged 72.

Hahn was a prolific composer. His vocal works include secular and sacred pieces, lyric scenes, cantatas, oratorios, operas, comic operas, and operettas. Orchestral works include concertos ballets, tone poems, incidental music for plays and films. He wrote a range of chamber music, and piano works. He sang as well as played his own songs, and made recordings as a soloist and accompanying other performers. After his death his music was neglected but from the late 20th century onward increasing interest has led to frequent performances of many of his works and recordings of all his songs and piano work, much of his orchestral music and some of his stage works.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 9, 1874 (Caracas), Died January 28, 1947 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, vocalist, piano

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]2190 10-in. 4/30/1903 Paysage Ada Crossley Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-1295 10-in. 5/7/1904 Phyllis Emma Juch Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-2314 12-in. 2/20/1905 L'Incrédule Emma Eames Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-4352 12-in. 3/29/1907 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Nellie Melba ; Ada Sassoli Soprano vocal solo, with harp composer  
Victor C-5046 12-in. 1/30/1908 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-6700 12-in. 1/1/1909 D'une prison Nellie Melba Soprano vocal solo, with piano (self-accompaniment) composer  
Victor C-10277 12-in. 5/5/1911 D'une prison Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12580 10-in. 11/6/1912 Were my song with wings provided F. C. Hotaling Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-20675 10-in. 9/17/1917 L'heure exquise Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-26035 10-in. 1/16/1922 Si mes vers avaient des ailes! Geraldine Farrar Soprano vocal solo, with harp composer  
Victor BVE-36753 10-in. 11/3/1926 My ship and I Mary Garden Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-50909 12-in. 3/4/1929 Were my song with wings provided Hope Hampton Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BRC-69034 10-in. 11/2/1931 Mai Elise E. Thayer Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BSHQ-73129 10-in. 7/28/1932 L'heure exquise Mrs. F. Wagner Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor MS-75874 16-in. 6/22/1933 Beauty that endures. Program 9 Jean Paul King ; Charles Sears Radio transcription disc : Orchestra, with male vocal solo and recitation composer  
Victor BS-99457 10-in. 3/13/1936 D'une prison Ernő Balogh ; Lotte Lehmann Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CS-025402 12-in. 8/30/1938 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Stephanie Korolishin-Cymbalist Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor PBS-026247 10-in. 11/11/1938 If my songs were only winged Elsie Gulk Female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-029823 10-in. 11/26/1938 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Stephanie Korolishin-Cymbalist Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-051837 10-in. 7/10/1940 Paysage Leo Rosenek ; Kerstin Thorborg Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-051838 10-in. 7/10/1940 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Leo Rosenek ; Kerstin Thorborg Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-075259 10-in. 6/5/1942 Si mes vers avaient des ailes Grace Moore ; Wilfrid Pelletier ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor D9RB-0263 10-in. 3/9/1949 L'enamouree Lotte Lehmann ; Paul Ulanowsky Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor D9RB-0264 10-in. 3/9/1949 Infidélite Lotte Lehmann ; Paul Ulanowsky Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CVE-Test-1019 12-in. 9/30/1930 Ballatella [from Pagliacci] Mrs. A. G. Grey Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
(Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hahn, Reynaldo," accessed May 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102983.

Hahn, Reynaldo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102983.

"Hahn, Reynaldo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 May 2024.

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