Gaite Parisienne

Ballet (1938)

Composer: Offenbach, Jacques 1819 - 1880

Version: arranged Rosenthal

Gaîté Parisienne (literally Parisian gaiety) is a 1938 ballet based on music by Jacques Offenbach, arranged by Manuel Rosenthal. SYNOPSIS: Café Tortoni, Paris, during the Second Empire. Various members from all levels of society meet, including upper-class aristocrats, high society-ladies, as well as a lower-class flower girl, along with the professional can-can dancers. The Glove Seller becomes the attention for various rival suitors, including a baron and an officer. Another suitor is a Peruvian tourist with two carpetbags, full of jewelry, hoping to make his fortune in Paris. In due course, a quarrel between the customers ensues. After order is restored, the ballet culminates in a high-spirited can-can (from Orpheus in the Underworld), and, with the Barcarolle (Les contes d’Hoffmann), the customers disperse and the café closes for the evening. The ballet ends as the Peruvian is left alone, ready to search for new adventures.

2 (1,2 dbl picc).2.2.2. / / timp / perc / hp / str




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