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The enchantor

Famous operetta composer – Ciboulette, Malvina, Mozart, Ô mon bel inconnu with Sacha Guitry –, musical critic for the Figaro newspaper, and director the the “Opéra de Paris” in 1945, Hahn was one of the greatest musical and notable figures of the Belle Époque era. He was Massenet’s favourite student (and friend of the Goncourts, Proust, Mallarmé, Daudet) and was gifted with a melodiously enchanting and harmonious refinement. He also was the lesser known composer of symphonic works, ballets (written for Diaghilev), concertos, and chamber music pieces in comparison with Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc. Reynaldo Hahn was the director of the Deauville Casino orchestra from 1925 to 1929, where a street was named after him.