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Jacques Offenbach Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 1 Jul 2010

Biographical History

Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880) was a German-born French composer and cellist of Jewish ancestry. He had a strong influence in popular music in Europe, and was one of the originators of the operetta, of which he wrote more than one hundred. His works were noted for their elements of satire and parody; two for which he is particularly known are the operetta Orpheus in the Underworld and the opera The Tales of Hoffman.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jacques Offenbach Letter consists of a single letter from Offenbach to someone surnamed Achard in Paris. The letter, in French, sends greetings from Offenbach and his wife and suggests that it is high time they should have a chance to see M. and Mme. Achard again. The recipient may be Amédée Achard, 1814-1875, a comic singer of the Société des Frileux.

The letter is undated but as it mentions Offenbach's wife, whom he married in 1844, it must be after that date.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Subject Headings


Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880.


Composers -- France.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jacques Offenbach Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, unspecified date.

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