Reynaldo Hahn

Biography

Born: August 9, 1875; Venezuela   Died: January 28, 1947; France   Period: 20th Century
Reynaldo Hahn is often considered an archetypal French composer -- a product of effective French music education coupled with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Paris. The fact that Hahn was not actually French (he was born in Caracas, Venezuela) has never deterred this notion -- even among the nationalistic French -- since he made Paris his home for nearly his entire life. Today, as he was during his life, he is best known for his vocal works, Read more ranging from serious opera and operetta to solo songs. His affinity for both the stage and the human voice eventually led to his appointment in 1945 as director of the Paris Opéra.
Hahn's parents were of German and Venezuelan extraction; when he was three years old the family relocated to Paris, where Hahn entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1886. He studied harmony with Théodore Dubois, piano with Decombes and composition with Jules Massenet. Massenet's influence is clear in one of Hahn's earliest, and most famous, songs, Si mes vers avaient des ailes (If my verses had wings); written when the composer was only 13, it is a charming setting of verses by Victor Hugo. The combined forces of Massenet's advocacy on his behalf (enough to have his cycle of songs on the poetry of Paul Verlaine, Chansons grises, published in 1893) and Hahn's own fine singing voice (enabling him to accompany himself in salons and concert halls) helped to establish his reputation in the city.
Early in his career, Hahn made the acquaintance of Sarah Bernhardt and Marcel Proust; Proust, especially, would instill in Hahn a deep appreciation and understanding of poetry, which had a profound effect on Hahn's approach to vocal composition. Hahn once wrote, "The genuine beauty of singing consists in a perfect unison, an amalgam, a mysterious alloy of the singing and the speaking voice, or to put it better, the melody and the spoken word." Hahn found himself seduced by the poetry of Victor Hugo, Théophile Gautier, and Paul Verlaine; he put his efforts toward creating musical phrasing and rhythmic gestures that would allow the words to speak for themselves. Hahn believed that "[o]nly form can give a piece a chance of lasting...." This perhaps explains his predilection for the older, repetitive formal structures evident in some of his songs, such as "L'automne" (Autumn), "Le printemps" (Spring), and "Quand je fus pris au pavillion" (When I was Lured to her Pavilion).
Hahn's first stage composition was incidental music for Daudet's L'obstacle in 1890; his first opera to reach the stage was the three-act L'île du rêve, performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique in 1898; a more successful serious opera appeared in 1935 (Le marchand de Venise, in three acts, with a libretto by Zamacoïs, after Shakespeare). Notably, with Le marchand de Venise, Hahn deliberately returned to the "old-fashioned" division between musical numbers and recitatives and returned the orchestra to a purely accompanimental role. Hahn's most important ballet, Le dieu bleu, was composed in 1912 for Diaghilev's company (to a scenario by Cocteau and Madrazo). By far, Hahn's most successful theater piece is his operetta Ciboulette; it premiered to instant acclaim in Paris in 1923, and has received innumerable performances since.
As a conductor and impresario at the Paris Opéra, Hahn favored the operas of Mozart; he found the earlier composer so fascinating, in fact, that he composed a musical comedy on his life (Mozart, 1925), in which he included pastiches of Mozart's own music. Read less
La Trompette Retrouvée - Fauré, Rameau, Hahn, Et Al
Release Date: 02/01/2007   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 294   Number of Discs: 1
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    La Melodia Encantada / Duo Moebius
    Label: Itinerant Classics   Catalog: 3429 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Victor Hugo en musique / Wolff, Sam
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951997 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
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    Neere: Duparc, Hahn, Chausson
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 215 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reynaldo Hahn,  Henri Duparc,  Ernest Chausson
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    Hahn, Szymanowski: Works for Violin & Piano
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 432 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Reynaldo Hahn
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    Reynaldo Hahn: Divertissement Pour Une Fete De Nuit; Le Bal De Beatrice D'este; Serenade; Concerto Provencal
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1231 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reynaldo Hahn
    Performer:  Frank Sibold,  Julien Vern,  Francois Lemoine,  Julien Desplanque
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    L'heure Exquise - A French Songbook / Alice Coote
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67962 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    Populaires /  Amel Brahim-djelloul, Nicholas Jouve
    Label: Eloquentia   Catalog: 1548 Release Date: 05/05/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reynaldo Hahn,  Ottorino Respighi,  Henri Collet,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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    Fleurs / Carolyn Sampson
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2102 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    Autograph – Jose van Dam
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    Green -  Melodies Francaise Sur Des Poemes De Verlaine / Jaroussky
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564616693 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 2
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    Nocturnes / Charlesworth, Herchenroder
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 355 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    Hahn: Le Rossignol Eperdu / Billy Eidi
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 22229 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
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    Hahn: Ciboulette / Equilbey, Accentus, Opera De Toulon
    Label: Fra Musica   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Reynaldo Hahn
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    Rosenblatt Recitals, Vol. 1 / Tynan, Brownlee, Siurina, Meli, Perez, Michaels-Moore [6-CD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9027 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 6
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    La Belle Excentrique /   Patricia Petibon, Susan Manoff
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002155402 Release Date: 10/21/2014  
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    Paris 1937
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    Faure: Lydia's Vocalises
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 488 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Reynaldo Hahn  ... 
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    Rarities Of Piano Music, Vol. 24 /   Moog, Rutkowski, Tebenikhin, Gulbadamova
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 729 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Absinthe - Cafe Music / Gaspar Hoyos, David Violi
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 58022 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gary Schocker,  Erik Satie,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Nicolas Bacri
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    Love and Longing / Yoonie Han
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30030 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Liszt,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Les Contraltos
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    La Regata Veneziana / Lorenzo Regazzo, Dimitri Romano
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33902 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Moments Of Love / Dominique Labelle,  Yehudi Wyner
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9406 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
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