"...what charm, what wealth of melody! It brought me to shame, for had I known of this music, I would have never written Swan Lake!" - Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky on Delibes' Sylvia score
Clement Philibert Léo Delibes was born at Saint-Germain-du-Val, France, in February 1836. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire as a student of Adolphe Adam (composer of the ballet, Giselle
). Delibes later became the accompanist and chorus master for the Théâtre-Lyrique, and then, in 1864, became second chorus master at the Paris Opéra.
Delibes is today recognized as a composer of several successful operas and ballets. The composer's ballet score for Coppélia
is often praised for providing a generous amount of expressive character to produce music that is a descriptive tone poem.
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