M. Offenbach nous écrit

Letters to the newspaper Figaro and other statements gathered and presented by Jean-Claude Yon

Published in January 2019 by the Editions Actes Sud Beaux-Arts / Palazzetto Bru Zane, this book by Jean-Claude Yon based on Offenbach’s mail with the founder of the newspaper Figaro, gives us a privileged access to the personality and thoughts of a musician at ease with words and musical notes.

JACQUES OFFENBACH, newsworthy composer

Offenbach celebrated in 2019 for the bicentenary of his birth (1819), appears as always : inevitable on the lyrical entertaining stage, but booed, denatured, made fun of… The letters gathered here, annotated, commented, analysed show the intelligence of an author who had already understood everything of our 21st century mediatic society: a precise consciousness, of a wise communicator.

From 1854 until his death, Jacques Offenbach writes to the Figaro to publish around ten letters : publicitary claims, defence against attacks against him, funny information linked to an impertinent and playful mind : a crazy artist who plays with words for mischievous critic against all forms of power. Reader and inspired commentator, Jean-Claude Yon*, historian of the theater in France in the XIXth century and author of a biography on Jacques Offenbach, is the initiator of this first class mail collection, which leads us to the heart of the mediatic thought of the author of La Belle Hélène, La Périchole, the Contes d’Hoffmann.

* Jean-Claude Yon teaches contemporary history at the university of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Specialist of history of entertainment in the XIXth century, he is the director of the Centre d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines (CHCSC). He is also director of study at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE).

Read a biography of Jacques Offenbach
Listen to radio broadcasts hosted by Laure Schnapper the 16th and 30th January 2019 on Judaïques FM about Jacques Offenbach
Link to the book - Éditions Actes Sud

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