Offenbach, Rising Melodic Gestures in Orphée aux Enfers (1858; rev. 1874)

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2019-02-26

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Neumeyer, David

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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 version (1858) and the expanded, four-act version (1874).

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