Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880

Alternative names
Birth 1819-06-20
Death 1880-10-05
French, German, Italian, English

Biographical notes:

Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880) was a German-born French composer and cellist of Jewish ancestry. He had a strong influence in popular music in Europe, and was one of the originators of the operetta, of which he wrote more than one hundred. His works were noted for their elements of satire and parody; two for which he is particularly known are the operetta Orpheus in the Underworld and the opera The Tales of Hoffman .

From the guide to the Jacques Offenbach Letter, undated (after 1844), (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Composer, 19th century. Offenbach was born in Cologne, but spent most of his career working in France.

From the description of Autograph letter signed from Offenbach to Sardou, Paris, 1878 March 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122448510

Epithet: composer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000297.0x0001cc

French composer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Paris, 25 May 1864, to M. [Heinrich?] Dorn, 1864 May 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270583061

From the description of Autograph document signed, dated : [Paris], 22 December 1860, 1860 Dec. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873604

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p., Paris?, n.d., 1869?], to [Hortense Schneider], [n.d., 1869?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270583071

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : London, 8 June 1844, to [Emile] Chevalet, 1844 June 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270583057

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p., Paris?, n.d.], to an unidentified Michel , [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270583079

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Paris, n.d.], to an unidentified recipient, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270583081

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., Paris?], Friday, 9 May [n.y., 1873?], to [Victorien Sardou?], [n.y., 1873? May 9?. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270583067

From the description of Autograph note signed on his visiting card, dated : St-Germain[-en-Laye], 14 July [1880?], to an unidentified recipient, [1880?] July 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873609

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., Paris?, n.d., 1870's], to an unidentified recipient, [n.d., 1870's]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873607

Composer of light operas, 19th century. Offenbach was born in Cologne, but spent most of his career working in France.

From the description of Autograph letter signed from Offenbach to M. Reygendeau, Paris, 1879 April 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122500331

French composer of German origin.

From the description of [Draft of Vert-Vert, A. 627]. [1869?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568135

From the description of [Le roman comique]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568120

From the description of "Espère enfant demain et puis demain encore." (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568092

From the description of Orpheus in der Hölle / Musik / von / J. Offenbach. / Ausschliessliches Eigenthum / von / Ed: Bote u. G. Bock. / (G. Bock) Königl Hofmusikhd / Berlin. [1861?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568101

From the description of [Robinson Crusoé, A. 615] : autograph manuscript, 1867. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568116

From the description of Introduction la Princesse / No. 1. [1860?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568113

From the description of [Sketches for La belle Hélène, A. 540]. [1860?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568080

From the description of Ouverture à grand orchestre / Jacques Offenbach. [manuscript]. [1843?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568104

From the description of [Opera sketches (unidentified)]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568133

From the description of La Permission de dix heures. ... Jacques Offenbach. 1er Septembre [18]73. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568110

From the description of [Sketches for Les contes d'Hoffmann, Madame Favart, Maître Péronilla, and other works]. [1880?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568086

From the description of Un ange au doux visage / (Reboul) / L'Ange et l'Enfant. [manuscript]. [n.d.] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568074

From the description of [Le papillon, A. 529]. [1860?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568106

From the description of [Sketches for Les bergers, A. 542]. [1865?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568082

From the description of "Rôle du Capitan / No. 5 Couplets [and No. 6 Duo]." : manuscripts. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568127

From the description of Moderato molto. [manuscript]. [n.d.] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568098

From the description of [Tarentelle, A. 391.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270568129

Jacques Offenbach, French composer.

Oratorio for narrator, chorus, and orchestra; parody of Félicien David's Le désert. Composed in 1846.

From the description of Le désert. [1846] (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 629991761

Jacques Offenbach, French composer.

La baguette: opera, also titled Fédia, with libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Begun in 1862; incomplete.

Les bavards: opera, with libretto by Charles Nuitter, after Cervantes's Los habladores. First performed 1862.

From the description of [Sketches for La baguette]. [1862] (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 629991589

Jacques Offenbach, French composer.

Set of waltzes for orchestra. Composed 1851.

From the description of Les cinq soeurs. 1851 June 8. (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 629991581


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