How can we forget Offenbach?
The German born adoptive son of France, was a virtouso on the Cello, but a prolific operetta composer, he had a nack for melody and rythm.
Oh, come on, there is more to him than just the Can-Can, listen to the love duet between Helen and Paris in the second act of La Belle Helen or what about Le Contes d'Hoffman? or as Tanevey pointed out his cello works?Beat me to it.
Indeed, his abhorrent and simplistic piece (singular) is thrust in our ears all the time. Every junior band or concert band plays it at least once a year.
Hear, hear:tiphat:I've never understood the need of some people to scorn the tastes of others. Snobbery drives people away from the Classical world. There are composers that I dislike, so I either endeavour to learn more (and perhaps change my mind) or I stay silent. I love Offenbach. He was my gateway to Opera. I adore La Belle Helene, Les Contes d' Hoffman, La Perichole, and Orphee aux Enfers.