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Hahn, Reynaldo

Born: 1875 AD
Died: 1947 AD
Nationality: Venezuelan
Categories: Composers, Musicians

1875 – Reynaldo Hahn, born on the 9th of August in Caracas, Venezuela. He was a naturalised French composer, conductor, music critic and diarist. Best known as a composer of songs, he wrote in the French classical tradition of the mélodie.

1888 – Composed Si me vers avaient des ailes to a poem by Victor Hugo; it was an instant success when published by Le Figaro.

1894 – By the age of nineteen, he had written many songs about love; however, his worldly sophistication masked shyness about his own personal feelings.

1896 – One of those projects, Portraits de peintres, is a work consisting of spoken text with piano accompaniment.

1920 – 1930 – He also served, as general manager of the Cannes Casino opera house.

1945 – Forced to leave Paris during the Nazi occupation, he returned at the end of the war to fulfill his appointment as director of the Paris Opéra.

1947 – Died on the 28th of January in Paris, France.