Les cloches de Corneville : Work information
- (Jean) Robert Planquette ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paul Bonneau (Conductor)
- Work name
- Les cloches de Corneville
- Work number
- 1877-00-00 02:00:00
- Ivan Pastor
- Recording date
(Jean) Robert Planquette
Robert Planquette was still working as a café-concert pianist and song-writer when his three-act operetta Les cloches de Corneville (The Bells of Corneville) rocketed him to overnight fame.
Set in Normandy and telling the story of the Marquis de Villeroi's return to re-claim his inheritence from the miserly Gaspard, Les cloches had over 400 consecutive performances after its first production at the Folies-Dramatiques on 19 April 1877. Within a decade, it had reached 1000 performances and was a big hit in London in an English translation.
Musically attractive with a profusion of sparkling melody, Les cloches is a colourful score. Highlights include the incredibly popular Legend of the Bells, the Marquis' waltz I've been three times round the world, and the effervescent and elegant overture.