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HAHN, Reynaldo (1874-1947)

Born in Caracas, Hahn settled in Paris in 1878. His family, who came from the Venezuelan business class, had numerous connections, which facilitated his entry into high society. Admitted into the Paris Conservatoire in 1885, he won few prizes but met the pianist Risler—a friend with whom he maintained a lifelong correspondence. His early musical successes and his training as a composer took place outside the Paris institutions: a private pupil of Jules Massenet, Hahn made a name for himself in the aristocratic salons (including the one held by Princess Mathilde) by performing the art songs he composed, particularly Les Chansons grises (setting texts by Verlaine) and Les Études latines. His success enabled him to meet Stéphane Mallarmé, Edmond de Goncourt, Sarah Bernhardt and Marcel Proust, with whom he became lovers, then close friends. Having taken French citizenship in 1912, he asked to be sent to the front in 1914, then worked in the French War Ministry (1916). Although he had won great acclaim at the Opéra-Comique in the early part of the century (L’Île du rêve in 1900 and La Carmélite in 1902), his output during the interwar period tended more towards operetta—Ciboulette (1923) and Malvina (1935)—and musical theatre—including Mozart (1925) for Yvonne Printemps and Ô mon bel inconnu (1933) for Arletty. Reynaldo Hahn received the institutional seal of approval after 1945: he was appointed a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and director of the Opéra de Paris (1945-1946).

    Images - 11
  • Reynaldo Hahn à son bureau
  • Reynaldo Hahn au piano
  • Reynaldo Hahn au piano
  • Reynaldo Hahn dans son cabinet de travail
  • Un mardi, soirée chez Madeleine Lemaire (Henri Gervex)
  • Décor de La Fête chez Thérèse (Hahn) : acte I
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    Works - 28
  • Carmélite, La (Mendès / Hahn)
  • Ciboulette (Flers & Croisset / Hahn)
  • Colombe de Bouddha, La (Alexandre / Hahn)
  • Dieu bleu, Le (Cocteau & Madrazo / Hahn)
  • Fête chez Thérèse, La (Mendès / Hahn)
  • Île du rêve, L’ (Alexandre & Hartmann / Hahn)
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    Themes - 2
  • Genre – La mélodie française
  • Institution – Académie des beaux-arts (Institut)
  • Symposia - 4
  • Exotisme et art lyrique (2012)
  • Henri Rabaud et son temps (2013)
  • Le chant français (2013)
  • Reynaldo Hahn, un éclectique en musique (2011)
  • Studies - 4
  • Blay, Philippe – « Cet amour qui unit l’âme de la parole et celle de la musique » : Reynaldo Hahn et l’art du chant
  • Giroud, Vincent – A Polynesian idyll in the time of Gauguin
  • Mirambeau, Christophe – Reynaldo Hahn et l'Orient
  • Mirambeau, Christophe – Sacha, Reynaldo et le Bel Inconnu
  • Librettos - 3
  • Île du rêve, L' (Hartmann & Alexandre)
  • Nausicaa [mise en scène de Victor Chalmin]
  • Ô mon bel inconnu (Sacha Guitry)
  • Press articles -  24
  • Gazette anecdotique, littéraire, artistique et bibliographique, 31 mars 1898 [L’Île du rêve de Hahn]
  • Gil Blas, 24 mars 1898 [L’Île du rêve de Hahn]
  • Gil Blas, 28 mars 1898 [L’Île du rêve de Hahn]
  • La Chronique des arts et de la curiosité, 2 avril 1898 [L’Île du rêve de Hahn]
  • La Presse, 24 mars 1898 [L’Île du rêve de Hahn]
  • La Presse, 25 mars 1898 [L’Île du rêve de Hahn]
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    Documents - 5
  • Hahn & Risler – Correspondance autour de L'Île du rêve (1891-1898)
  • Lettre de Reynaldo Hahn à Suzanne Landolt-Griset (s.d.)
  • Lettres à Marguerite Griset : Reynaldo Hahn (7 l., 1919-1922)
  • Lettres Jules Griset : Reynaldo Hahn (9 l., 1907-1914)
  • Liber amicorum de Jules et Marguerite Griset