Djamileh (1871) By Lesley A. Wright, University of Hawaii Written for the concert Paris in the 1860s performed on Sep 25, 1994 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Bizet’s one-act opera comique, Djamileh (1872) evokes a vision of the non-Western world, like so many other musical, literary and artistic efforts in nineteenth-century France. Meyerbeer’s…

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Paris in the 1860s The Origins of Impressionism By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Paris in the 1860s performed on Sep 25, 1994 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Understanding art and culture as functions of seemingly unique, easily described national character traits has become a convenient and deceptive habit. There is irony,…

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More on Paris in the 1860s By Matthew Truesdell, University of California Berkeley Written for the concert Paris in the 1860s performed on Sep 25, 1994 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. “The Parisian,” noted a perceptive American visitor to Paris in the late 1860s, “cares but little for his home … As much…

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La Vie Parisienne: Excerpts (1866) By Ian Strasfogel, Theater Director and Specialist on the Music of Offenbach Written for the concert Paris in the 1860s performed on Sep 25, 1994 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Far and away the most popular composer of Second Empire France, Jacques Offenbach dominated the Parisian theatre between…

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