Autograph musical quotation signed "X. Leroux." Xavier LEROUX.
Autograph musical quotation signed "X. Leroux."

Autograph musical quotation signed "X. Leroux."

Dated Nice, 1905. Signed and dated Nice, 1905 in black ink to recto of a decorative postcard with floral motifs printed in colour, ca. 90 x 140 mm. With the recipient's name and address in an unidentified hand to verso.

Three measures from the third act of Leroux's opera La Reine Fiamette. Notated in treble clef on one hand-drawn staff with the text "Tu sais Je ne suis plus reine!" underlaid. In 9/8 time. Marked "Andante espressivo pp." With autograph titling "'La Reine Fiammete' 3e Tableau."

Slightly worn, soiled and stained; biographical annotations in pencil to verso.

Together with:
A reproduction of a three-quarter-length photograph of the noted French composer seated. Ca. 137 x 69 mm. Trimmed; slightly worn and soiled.

"A near contemporary of Dukas and Debussy, Leroux appears in several photographs with young composers of that generation, but the path he was to follow was conservative rather than adventurous. He was strongly influenced by the traditional harmony teaching of his professors at the Conservatoire, Dubois and Massenet, and in 1885 he won the Prix de Rome with the cantata Endymion. He continued using a similar harmonic style well into the 20th century. Leroux was almost exclusively a vocal composer, and it was with his operas that he gained the most recognition. Astarté, given at the Paris Opéra under Taffanel in 1901, achieved a modest success; it was followed in 1903 by La reine Fiamette, which was staged in many countries up to World War II, as was Le chemineau (1907), widely considered his finest work... His contribution to the French mélodie was substantial at least in quantity; his songs include settings of a number of the best symbolist poets... In 1896 Leroux was appointed professor of harmony at the Conservatoire, a post he held until his death... " Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online.

La Reine Fiamette was first performed at the Opéra Comique in Paris on December 23, 1903. Item #25500

Price: $135.00  other currencies

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