"Autumn Leaves" is a popular jazz song composed by Joseph Kosma in 1945. It is considered a jazz standard (this means it was well known and performed by lots of jazz artists). It was originally a French song called ‘Les Feuilles mortes’ but was rewritten into English and renamed ‘Autumn Leaves’ and has been covered by lots of artists over the years. Here a few different versions for you to listen to and compare:
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There is also a version by Andrea Bocelli (who we have learnt about before). Here, he sings the original French version. At the end, he duets with his partner who sings the English version.