Of German Jewish descent, Jacques Offenbach was born He was born Jacob Eberst in 1819, but his father changed the family name to Offenbach after he had left his home town Offenbach-am-Main and settled in Cologne. He taught himself cello and it remained his instrument of choice throughout his life. Known for most his career for light and humorous music (such as perennial favorite Orpheus in the Underworld and its can-can), he created the opera Tales of Hoffman to showcase his "serious" nature.
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Classical Archives: Jacques Offenbach
Biography and complete files offered in MIDI format.
Describes the events in his life and lists some of his works.
Biography tracing his part in the founding of the operetta and light opera, and, by extension, musical theater. Includes link to Real Audio RAM file of Orpheus in the Underworld.
Filmography at IMDb lists movies and television shows from the 1930s onward that used his music.
The Jacques Offenbach Society
Includes news, links, information about the society, and Offenbach's stage works.
Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Description of a play written about author and composer E.T.A. Hoffmann.
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