Autumn in Norway ~ Jacques Offenbach ~ Barcarolle
  • Classical music composed by Jacques Offenbach Filmed on location, surroundings Hol Kommune, Norway, on Sunday, October 17, 2010. It was a beautiful sunny day, the last "warm" day of the short autumn Norway knows. Winter followed very soon, within a week. Music: Jacques Offenbach. Title: Barcarolle Performers: unknown Jacques Offenbach (born Jacob Offenbach; 20 June 1819 -- 5 October 1880) was a German-born French composer and cellist of the Romantic era and one of the originators of the operetta form. Of German-Jewish ancestry, he was one of the most influential composers of popular music in Europe in the 19th century, and many of his works remain in the repertory. Barcarolle is the most famous part of the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann" Barcarolle (Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour), is performed in Act 2. Curiously, the aria was not written by Offenbach with Les contes d'Hoffmann in mind. He wrote it as the 'Elves' Song' in the opera Die Rheinnixen (Les fées du Rhin), which premiered in Vienna on February 8, 1864. Offenbach died with Les contes d'Hoffmann unfinished. Ernest Guiraud completed the scoring and wrote the recitatives for the premiere. He also incorporated this excerpt from one of Offenbach's earlier, long-forgotten operas into the new opera. The Barcarolle has inspired the English composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji his Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955--56). Moritz Moszkowski also wrote a virtuoso transcription of it. The Barcarolle has been incorporated into many films, including Life ...

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