Henri Marius Christiné (27 December 1867 – 25 November 1941) was a French composer of Swiss birth.
The son of a French Savoyard watchmaker, Christiné was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He began by teaching at the lycée in Geneva, while pursuing his interest in music and playing organ in a local church. He married a cafe singer whose troupe was passing through Geneva, and went with her to Nice where they were married. He made his home in France, writing songs firstly for his wife and then for popular singers such as Mayol, Dranem, and Fragson. He also conducted for the music hall at the Place Clichy.
Although Christiné wrote some operettas for the Scala theatre in Paris before the First World War, his career took off when he had his operetta Phi-Phi staged the day of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, with words by Albert Willemetz and Fabien Solar and which ran for three years at the Bouffes-Parisiens. This success was followed by Dédé in 1921, Madame (1923) and J'adore ça (1925). These works were in the forefront of a new fashion in music-theatre: sparkling, witty, jazzy musical plays. Christiné's tunes often build on repeated refrains of six or seven notes (a 'hook') which made them catchy and popular for contemporary audiences.
In the 1930s Christiné contributed to the renewed fashion for more large-scale spectacular musicals, with pieces for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Au temps des Merveilleuses and Yana; for these he wrote the more vibrant numbers, while Richepin did the romantic songs. "Le Bonheur, Mesdames" and "Le Flirt ambulant" were rearrangements of his songs from the 1900s. He died in Nice, France.
Phi-Phi and Dédé are still occasionally revived in France.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 27th, 1867 (Geneva), Died November 25th, 1941 (Paris)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-14281||10-in.||1/9/1914||Ninette||Victor Military Band||Band, with drum||composer|
|Victor||C-14852||12-in.||5/22/1914||Come on over here||Conrad's Society Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-16056||12-in.||5/28/1915||Gems from The lady in red||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-17523||10-in.||4/19/1916||Je sais que vous etes jolie||Emilio de Gogorza||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-20510||10-in.||8/14/1917||Nikoline||Robert Sterling||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-28394||10-in.||8/20/1923||No hay que decir esos a las mujeres||Orquesta Internacional||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34357||10-in.||1/26/1926||Do I love you?||Irene Bordoni||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34359||10-in.||1/26/1926||Souvenir d'Argentine||Irene Bordoni||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35375||10-in.||5/6/1926||Valentina||Orquesta Internacional||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35612||10-in.||5/18/1926||Valentine||Franklyn Baur ; International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49785||10-in.||3/15/1929||Valentine||Maurice Chevalier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-805||10-in.||7/8/1926||Valentina||Carabelli Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-836||10-in.||Summer 1926||Valentina||Carlos Dix ; Gloria Guzmán||Female-male vocal duet||composer|
|Columbia||79283||10-in.||6/16/1920||Je sais que vous êtes gentil||Charles Hackett||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||30918||12-in.||12/18/1911||Laughing love||Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||36824||12-in.||ca. 1913||L'amour||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
|Columbia||37032||12-in.||9/12/1914||That's love with a capital "L"||Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson||Band||composer|
|Columbia||43753||10-in.||either 1915 or 1916||Hardi, les gars||Torcom Bézazian||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||44262||10-in.||August 1916||Reviens||J. H. Thibaudeau||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||44306||10-in.||August 1916||Ah! Les grandes femmes||Alfred Nohcor||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||44313||10-in.||July 1916||La Baya||Alfred Nohcor||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||58412||10-in.||approximately June 1916||Tout petit||Georges Flateau||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||3755||10-in.||5/6/1915||Laughing love||Charles Crawford Gorst||Whistling solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||5807||10-in.||9/24/1917||J'aime une brune||Hector Pellerin||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Edison||9660||10-in.||8/5/1924||Dejlige fjord||Axel Schutz||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Christiné, Henri," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104063.
Christiné, Henri. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104063.
"Christiné, Henri." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.
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