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date: 21 October 2020

Leleu, Jeannelocked

  • David Cox

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(b Saint Mihiel, Dec 29, 1898; d Paris, March 11, 1979). French pianist and composer. Her father was a bandmaster, her mother a piano teacher. At the age of nine she began studying at the Paris Conservatoire, where her teachers included Marguerite Long, Cortot and Widor. In 1923 she won the Prix de Rome with her cantata Béatrix. This was followed by two other prizes (Georges Bizet and Monbinne). She became a professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1947, first for sight-reading, then for harmony. In style her compositions belong to no school. Clear, rhythmically alive, adventurous in harmony, her Suite symphonique caused a sensation in Rome, where it was first heard. In 1937 she played her own Piano Concerto with success in Paris, at the Concerts Lamoureux. Her Transparences, with its imaginative orchestral textures, was described by Florent Schmitt as ‘a marvel of freshness, finesse and feminine grace’, showing a high degree of invention, sensibility, richness and knowledge. Her ballets, ...

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