Jeanne Leleu

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Jeanne Leleu (29 December 1898 – 11 March 1979) was a French pianist and composer. She was born in Saint-Mihiel and entered the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of nine, where she studied with Marguerite Long, Georges Caussade, Alfred Cortot and Charles-Marie Widor. With Geneviève Durony, Leleu gave the premiere performance of Ravel's Ma mère l'oye in 1910. Ravel composed his Prelude for a Paris Conservatoire sight-reading competition in 1913 and Leleu won the prize. Her cantata Beatrix won the Prix de Rome in 1923. After completing her studies, Leleu took a position as professor at the Conservatoire. She died in Paris.[1][2]


Leleu was known for symphonic and piano works and ballets. Selected works include:

  • Transparencies, symphony (1931)
  • Beatrix, cantata (1923)
  • Un jour d'été, ballet (1940)
  • Nantéos, ballet (1957)[3]


  1. ^ Orenstein, Arbie (2003). A Ravel Reader: Correspondence, Articles, Interviews (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Jeanne Leleu (1898 - 1979)". Retrieved 4 January 2011.