Xanrof, Léon

BORN 9 Dec 1867, Paris - DIED 17 May 1953, Paris
BIRTH NAME Fourneau, Léon
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 25)

Léon Forneau was the son of a well known physician. He trained as a lawyer before he tried his hand on journalism. He took his pseudonym Xanrof by inverting 'fornax', the Latin version of his name.

He wrote stories, plays and operettas. Yvette Guilbert made herself a name at the cabaret Le Chat Noir by singing his songs. Xanrof also sang there himself. Soon his songs were used by others. His play "Prince Consort" was performed in New York in 1905. In 1910 together with Jules Chancel he translated an opera by Richard Strauss into the French as "Rêve de Waltz". This was a huge success. For two years he wrote his 'Propos de coulisses' for Gil Bias.

Xanrof received the Légion d'Honneur and was vice president of the ociété des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique. He died in Paris in 1953.

• Wife: Carrère-Xanrof, Marguerite (1894-)

Related persons
• had work performed by Guilbert, Yvette


The grave of Léon Xanrof and Marguerite Xanrof-Carrère at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)


Ybl, Miklós

Published: 21 Mar 2020
Last update: 21 Mar 2020