Tromb-al-ca-zar (Jacques Offenbach) – dossier

TROMB-AL-CA-ZAR OU LES CRIMINELS DRAMATIQUES

Bouffonnerie musicale in 1 act

Music : Jacques Offenbach

Libretto: Charles-Désiré Dupeuty & Ernest Bourget

First performed : Bouffes-Parisiens, 3 April 1856, conducted by the composer

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CHARACTERS

Ignace (bass): Rubel

Beaujolais (tenor): Étienne Pradeau

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Vert-Panné (baritone): Léonce

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Gigolette (soprano): Hortense Schneider

4 dancers


SETTING

France, in the Basses-Pyrénées, by the sea.  The stage represents the interior of an inn on the coast near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Basses-Pyrénées


STRUCTURE

Overture

  1.  Recit et Air: Ô rage ! ô désespoir !
  2. Trio: Le crocodile, en partant
  3. Trio: Détallons
  4. Couplets: La Gitana, ah ! rêvez bien
  5. Trio: Un jambon de Bayonne
  6. Quatuor: Un beau jour
  7. Introduction, Valse et Reprise du Trio du jambon

CRITICISM

Albert de Lasalle, Histoire des Bouffes-Parisiens, 1860

The part Léonce played in this play consisted of a costume thus composed: a Roman helmet, a collar in the style of Henri IV, a doublet, a cloak in the style of Henri II, a bright orange jersey, a cuirassier’s sabre and leather cavalry boots (à chaudron). The play was dialogued precisely in this extra-burlesque style. There were verses which praised the charms of the Bayonne ham, which was a great honor for the departmental delicatessen.

(Source: Art Lyrique Français)