Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach (17 July 1817 in Gambsheim, Alsace – 23 May 1891 in Toulouse) was a French pianist, organist, music educator and a composer of salon piano music.
He had his early training as an organist with Joseph Wackenthaler (1795-1869), the organist and maître de chapelle of the Strasbourg Cathedral, and then was a pupil in Paris of Friedrich Kalkbrenner and of Chopin. He was a famous pianist in his time, but is largely remembered for a single piece, his Fifth Nocturne, Op. 52, number 5, for solo piano; it is still in print. His Fantasie elegante improvised on familiar themes from Gounod's Faust.
From 1844 he was organist at the cathédrale Saint-Étienne, Toulouse, succeeding Justin Cadaux. He published a three-volume method for the organ for which he also wrote about 350 pieces. Leybach also wrote motets and liturgical music.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 17th, 1817 (Gambsheim), Died Toulouse
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-3837||10-in.||9/27/1906||Fifth nocturne||Charles D'Almaine||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||E-5038||8-in.||1/28/1908||Frolics polka||Darius Lyons||Piccolo solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-5061||10-in.||2/6/1908||Fifth nocturne||Howard Rattay||Violin solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-15832||10-in.||3/25/1915||Fifth nocturne||Florentine Quartet||Instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||C-20015||12-in.||6/6/1917||Fifth nocturne||Maud Powell||Violin solo, with harp and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-26540||10-in.||6/13/1922||Exercise no. 5 : Ange d'amour||Frank Croxton||Physical instruction, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27979||10-in.||5/28/1923||Ejercicios físicos, nos. 5 y 6||Alcides Briceño||Physical instruction, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57631||10-in.||11/26/1929||Fifth nocturne||Alexander Schmidt||Violin solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E24818-E24819||10-in.||10/19/1927||Fifth nocturne||Lolita Cabrera Gainsborg ; Godfrey Ludlow||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||2603||10-in.||between 12/2/1913 and 12/3/1913||Fifth nocturne||American Symphony Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Edison||8521||10-in.||7/6/1922||Fifth nocturne||Victor Young||Piano solo||composer|
|Gramophone||2183h||10-in.||Apr. 1904||Pie Jesu||Alessandro Moreschi||Male soprano vocal solo, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leybach, J.," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108619.
Leybach, J.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108619.
"Leybach, J.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.
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