Léon Minkus


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(b Vienna, 1826; d Vienna, 1917).

Austrian composer of ballet music. Collab. with Delibes on La Source, Paris 1866. Settled in Russia and wrote mus. for many Petipa ballets in St Petersburg, incl. Don Quixote (1869) and La Bayadère (1877). Court comp. of ballet mus. for imperial theatres in St Petersburg 1872–85. Retired 1891 and returned to Vienna. From mus. point of view, had misfortune to be contemporary of Tchaikovsky.

Subjects: Dance — Music.

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