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Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)

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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.
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Offenbach's music can also be ravishingly beautiful. The Barcarolle from Hoffmann is justly famous, but "Des cendres de ton cœur" is one of the few moments in opera that makes me cry.

Also worthy of the Mozart of the Champs-Elysées:

And, even though it's not authentic Offenbach:
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I love LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN -- one of my all-time favorite operas, and I'm lucky to have seen it in three different productions. It contains one of my favorite operatic ensembles:

This is a rather unfortunate example as, while it makes a great scene, it was not by Offenbach! It was created by later editors of the opera using existing music and first appeared in a production of Hoffman in 1904 in Monte Carlo.
Can't bring myself to hate a composer who this:
or the United States Marine Corps hymn!:
I can listen to this all day =>

Great watching, loads on You Tube.
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