Offenbach, Jacques

(1819-1880)
   composer
   of German origin, Jacques offenbach was born in Cologne, the son of a cantor. He studied the cello at the Paris Conservatory, became a cellist, and, in 1855, opened his own theater, the Bouffes-Parisiens. Beginning in 1866, he had a brilliant career and with his librettist (ludovic halévy), produced many operettas that are considered masterpieces of comic opera, or "opéra bouffe," which reflected the gay Parisian spirit, especially of the second empire. By 1875, he had composed over 90 works, including Orphée aux Enfers (1858), La Belle Hélène (1864), La Vie parisienne (1866), La Grande-Duchess du Gérolstein (1867), La Périchole (1868), Les Brigands (1869), Madame Favart (1878), La Fille du tambourmajor (1879). After his death, his Contes d'Hoffmann (1881) premiered and, in this masterpiece, which contains the famous "Barcarolle," offenbach reached the heights of fantastic and whimsical realism.

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  • OFFENBACH, JACQUES — (1819–1880), French composer of comic operas and operettas. Born in Cologne, Offenbach was the son of isaac offenbach . At the age of 14 young Jacob, as he was then called, was sent to study the cello at the Paris Conservatoire, but after a year …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Offenbach, Jacques — orig. Jacob Offenbach born June 20, 1819, Cologne died Oct. 5, 1880, Paris, France German born French composer. Son of a cantor, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire but had to leave for lack of funds. He first wrote theatre music as conductor… …   Universalium

  • Offenbach, Jacques — ► (1819 80) Compositor francés. Autor de Orfeo en los infiernos (1858) y La bella Helena (1864). * * * orig. Jacob Offenbach (20 jun. 1819, Colonia–5 oct. 1880, París, Francia). Compositor francés de origen alemán. Hijo de un cantor, estudió en… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Offenbach, Jacques — (1819–80)    Composer. The son of a German cantor, Offenbach became the conductor of the Théâtre Français in Paris. He composed over a hundred operettas, marked by gay music and light social satire. The most famous of them was The Tales of… …   Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament

  • Offenbach,Jacques — Of·fen·bach (ôʹfən bäk , ŏfʹən , ô fĕn bäkʹ), Jacques. 1819 1880. French composer noted for his operettas and the opera Tales of Hoffman (first performed 1881). * * * …   Universalium

  • Offenbach, Jacques — (1819 80)    French composer, of German origin. He was the son of a Cologne cantor. He became the conductor of the Theatre Francais in Paris. He composed over a hundred operettas including The Tales of Hoffman …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • OFFENBACH, JACQUES —    a musical composer, born at Cologne, of Jewish parents, creator of the opera bouffe; was the author of La Belle Hélène, Orphée aux Enfers, La Grande Duchesse, Madame Favart, &c. (1810 1880) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Offenbach, Jacques —  (1819–1880) German born French composer; born Jakob Eberst …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Offenbach — Offenbach, Jacques …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Jacques Offenbach — Offenbach in the 1860s Jacques Offenbach (20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a Prussian born French composer, cellist and impresario. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann …   Wikipedia

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