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Offenbach, Jacques

Daphnis et Chloé (1860)

(Daphnis und Chloë)
Duration: 55 minutes
Opérette in one act

Libretto by N. Clairville(=Louis Nicolaïe) and Jules Cordier; original German version by G. Ernst and Ferdinand Gumbert (F,G)

Scoring
2S,M,T,Bar; female chorus; 2(II=picc).1.2.1-2.2.1.0-timp.perc-strings .
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
3/27/1860
Paris
Company: unknown

Roles

THE GOD PANBaritone
DAPHNISTenor
CHLOËSoubrette Soprano
BACCHANTESSoprano, Mezzo Soprano


Time and Place
Rural area in antiquity


Synopsis
Daphnis and Chloë are ardently, but innocently in love with each other. The lecherous Pan has his eye on Chloë, and Daphnis is courted by all the bacchantes. They tell the young shepherd the facts of life and try to make him forget Chloë with the help of Lethe, the godly drink of oblivion. Daphnis, however, does not even taste the elixir in the first place, for Pan has already emptied it, believing it to be an aphrodisiac. Conclusion: "The great god Pan forgets what he intended to do, but meanwhile Daphnis and Chloë are getting down to it anyway..."


Moods
Comic, Poetic, Romantic


Subjects
Mythology, Relationships





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