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Léon Xanrof

Léon Alfred Fourneau (9 December 1867, in Paris – 17 May 1953, in Paris) was a French humourist, music-hall artist, playwright and songwriter. Originally trained as a lawyer he invented the stage- and penname Xanrof by inversion of the Latin fornax of his French surname fourneau ("furnace"), before finally legally changing his name to Léon Xanrof. Yvette Guilbert experienced early success singing Xanrof's songs at Rodolphe Salis' cabaret Le Chat Noir.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1867 (18th arrondissement of Paris), Died 1953 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter

Notes: Also known as Léon-Alfred Forneau.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-065672 10-in. 6/2/1941 Le fiacre Jean Sablon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 5234h 10-in. ca. 1907 Le fiacre Yvette Guilbert Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Gramophone 5235½h 10-in. approximately 1907 Les 4 z'étudiants Yvette Guilbert Soprano vocal solo, with piano songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Xanrof, Léon," accessed August 3, 2021,

Xanrof, Léon. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from

"Xanrof, Léon." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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