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Autographed score of “Le Retour” Op. 75 No. 1 from Pièces pour le Piano á Quatre mains.  He inscribes the work Hommage de l’auteur and signs on the cover to Marguerite Villard. (see the Massenet score of the ballet music from “Le Cid”).  The score published by Mackar & Noël in Paris is numbered pages 2-9 and is plate 950 which denotes 1889 as the year of publication.  The back page is an advertisement for other works by Lefebvre. It is likely this is a first printing of the 4 hand edition of the work, though Mackar, who was his publisher prior to the merger with Noël does not have the work listed for solo piano.

 

Lefebvre (1843-1917) was a pupil of Gounod and Thomas. He won numerous prizes at the Paris Conservatoire and was the 1870 Prix de Rome winner.  Like many of his period, he made a tour of East Asia at the close of his time in Rome.  In 1884, he won the Prix Chartier in 1884 and again in 1891.  In 1895, he followed Benjamin Godard at Professor of Ensemble at the Paris Conservatoire.

 

His operas "Zaïre" (1887) and "Djelma" (1894) are probably his best known works, though not performed today, were popular in their time.  His oratorio "Judith" (1879) was considered a landmark work for the art form.  Lefebvre also composed a long list of other works, including 4 other oratorios/cantatas, a symphony, other smaller scale symphonic works, as well as numerous chamber works for a variety of instrumentations and solo instrumental works.

CHARLES LEFEBVRE - COMPOSER
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