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The World's Greatest Music
The best of French composers – and quite a cosmopolitan bunch they were too.
Lakmé was the last opera composed by Leo Delibes. ‘It contains that beautiful duet, beloved of a certain airline, and much more besides,’ says Katherine. Tchaikovsky was enamoured with Delibes music – enough to rate him more highly than he rated Brahms. Of one of Delibes’ ballet scores Tchaikovsky wrote: ‘... 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.’
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