Jules Joseph Delhaxhe (°23 December 1876) is a singer and composer from Liège. His father, Jules Léonard Delhaxhe, sang as a tenor with the Société royale de la Légia. Jules Joseph himself studied at the Royal Conservatory of Liège with, among others, Bonheur and Göffoel for singing, Carman for lyrical declamation and Charlier and Maris for music theory.

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In 1900 he began his singing career as a tenor at the Pavillon de Flore, worked for several years in France, and returned to Liège in 1907 where he was accepted at the Théâtre Royal de Liège. Nothing is known about the further course of his life, not even his date of death.

Jules Delhaxhe was nevertheless a versatile composer. He wrote ballet music, dance music, ‘light music’ and was not insensitive to the new trends from America such as foxtrot or jazz. His music was distributed by well-known publishers such as the Maison de Aynassa in Brussels, but also by publishers in Charleroi or Ghent. He self-published part of his work.

The Tango d’amour contains the classic characteristics of the tango. All melodies are symmetrical periods, usually constructed with a traditional question and answer. As in a lot of dance music, this tango also uses the composite song form: A [aba] – B ‘trio’ [c] – A’ [a]. The A and A’ sections, with a usual change of the minor key (in A) and its parallel key (in B), are always supported by the typical rhythm of the Habanera accompaniment.

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