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Mozart's GhostsHaunting the Halls of Musical Culture$
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Mark Everist

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389173.001.0001

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Mozart and L’impresario

Mozart and L’impresario

(p.54) { 3 } Mozart and L’impresario
Mozart's Ghosts

Mark Everist

Oxford University Press

In 1855, Jacques Offenbach founded the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens in Paris with a repertory of one-act opérettes using no more than three or four singing characters. In order to establish an artistic position that was sufficiently serious to warrant the attention of the aristocratic audiences he was trying to attract, he explored foreign repertories from the long eighteenth century: Rousseau, Pergolesi, early Rossini and Mozart. Offenbach's reworking of Der Schauspieldirektor was one of the triumphs of the Bouffes-Parisiens’ early years and succeeded in establishing an aesthetic agenda that rendered Mozart's Komödie mit Musik more serious by association with other Mozart works in order to counterbalance the lighter register of opérette that characterized the Bouffes-Parisiens.

Keywords:   Offenbach, Mozart, opérette, Bouffes-Parisiens, Rousseau, Pergolesi, Rossini

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