List of compositions by Jacques Offenbach

This is a list of musical compositions by Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880). Offenbach is principally known for his operettas, of which he composed 98 between 1847 and 1880. He also wrote two opéras, Die Rheinnixen and his unfinished masterpiece Les contes d'Hoffmann.[1]

In his early career he was an internationally celebrated cello virtuoso, and he also wrote a series of vocal and instrumental pieces.

Operettas

Operas

Ballet

Incidental music

Vocal

Songs, from 1838 to 1873, including

  • Six fables of La Fontaine (1842)
  • Le langage des fleurs (1846)
  • Les voix mystérieuses (1852)

Cello

  • Concerto in G Major for cello and orchestra, Concerto Militaire
  • Cello duets 'cours méthodique de duos', Opp. 49–54
  • Deux âmes au ciel, Introduction and valse mélancolique, Rêverie au bord de la mer, La course en traîneau
  • Harmonies des bois, Op. 76: Le soir, élégie; La chanson de Berthe; Les larmes de Jacqueline
  • Les Chants du crépuscule (1846) (Éd. Chaball) – 1. Ballade, 2. L’Adieu, 3. Le Retour, 4. Pas villageois, 5. Sérénade, 6. Souvenir du bal
  • Hommage à Rossini, Fantaisie pour violoncelle et orchestra
  • Introduction, Prière et Boléro pour violoncelle et orchestra, Op.22

Piano

  • Décameron dramatique (1854, ten pieces dedicated to members of the Comédie-Française)
  • (Short pieces) Les roses du Bengale. Six valses sentimentales, Dernier souvenir, Valse de zimmer, Abendblatter, Schuler-Polka, Les boules de neige, Ländler, Le fleuve d’or, Valse, Le postillon, Galop, Jacqueline, Suite de valses, Polka du mendiant, Les contes de la reine de Navarre, Grande valse, Souvenirs de Londres, Polka, Herminien-Walzer, Madeleine, Polka-Mazurka, Les belles Américaines, Valse, Burlesque Polka, Valse composée au château du Val le 9 aout 1845, Musette, Les amazones, Les arabesques, Berthe, Brunes et blondes, Les fleurs d’hivers.
  • Souvenir d'Aix-les-Bains, suite de valses (1873, also orchestrated)

Arrangements by other musicians

  • Arranged and orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal:
    • Gaîté Parisienne (1938) — a ballet score using Offenbach melodies
    • Offenbachiana (1953) – a symphonic suite on themes of Jacques Offenbach
    • La belle Hélène (1955, with Louis Aubert) – ballet-bouffe

References

Notes

  1. Gammond, pp. 134 and 145–159
  2. Lamb
  3. Harding, pp. 199–200, and Yon, p. 502

Sources

  • Gammond, Peter (1980). Offenbach. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-0257-7.
  • Harding, James (1980). Jacques Offenbach: A Biography. London: John Calder. ISBN 0-7145-3835-3.
  • Lamb, Andrew (1992). Offenbach, Jacques, in 'The New Grove Dictionary of Opera', ed. Stanley Sadie (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7
  • Yon, Jean-Claude (2000). Jacques Offenbach (in French). Paris: Gallimard. ISBN 2-07-074775-1.
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