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Offenbach, Rising Melodic Gestures in Orphée aux Enfers (1858; rev. 1874)
Orphée aux Enfers was Jacques Offenbach’s first success with a full-scale operetta and remains for many the quintessential representative of the genre. This essay discusses ascending cadence gestures in the original two-act ...
Offenbach, Rising Melodic Gestures in La belle Hélène (1864)
Jacques Offenbach’s La belle Hélène (1864) was the successor to Orphée aux Enfers (1858; 1874) in both its send-up of Greek myth and its production triumph. Four other mature and now well-known operettas followed: Barbe-bleue ...
On Ascending Cadence Gestures in Adolphe Adam's Le Châlet (1834)
Adolphe Adam’s one-act opéra comique Le Châlet (1834) is a milestone in the history of rising cadence gestures and, as such (combined with its popularity), may have been a primary influence on other composers as rising ...