“Barcarolle” from The Tales of Hoffmann
Student Participation: Basic Recorder, Recorder Star
Recorder Notes Needed:
Basic Recorder: G, A, B
Recorder Star: E, F#, G, A, B, C#, High D
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Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880) was a German-born French composer who grew up with a large musical family. His father, the cantor at the Cologne Synagogue, began teaching him music when he was young. Offenbach enjoyed performing with his many siblings, and quickly exhibited his strong musical talent. He enrolled as a cello student at the Paris Conservatory of Music at the age of 14. Though he did not graduate, Offenbach remained an active performer and composer. As a conductor at the Théâtre Français, Offenbach produced many of his own operas, which were known for their infectious melodies and comedic fun. He is also known as the father of the French operetta, a form of light opera similar to American musical theater.