J. Leybach

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 17, 1817 (Gambsheim), Died May 23, 1891 (Toulouse)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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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 August 16, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108619.

Leybach, J.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 16, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108619.

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