Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld Overture


  Orphée aux enfers, whose title translates from the French as Orpheus in the Underworld, is an opéra bouffe (a form of operetta), or opéra féerie in its revised version. Its score was composed by Jacques Offenbach to a French text written by Ludovic Halévy and later revised by Hector-Jonathan Crémieux. The work, first performed in 1858, is said to be the first classical full-length operetta. Offenbach's earlier operettas were small-scale one-act works, since the law in France did not allow full-length works of certain genres. Orpheus was not only longer, but more musically adventurous than Offenbach's earlier pieces

 VIDEO: Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra on Great Christmas Concert 2012 - Between Heaven and Earth in Cankarjev dom (Gallus Hall). The slovenian youth performed famous parodical overture by french composer Jacques Offenbach, Orpheus in Underworld Overture. Under conductor maestro Nejc Bečan; Concert master: Matjaž Bogataj.


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