from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of central Germany north-northeast of Mannheim on the Main River. First mentioned in the tenth century, it is an industrial center noted for its leather goods. Population: 118,000.
  • Offenbach, Jacques 1819-1880. French composer noted for his operettas and the opera Tales of Hoffman (first performed 1881).

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  • n. French composer of many operettas and an opera (1819-1880)


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  • The basic idea, of doing a musical version of Lysistrata using the music of Offenbach, is pretty solid; the story, cleaned up for a Broadway audience, offers the musical comedy's standard combination of satire (on war and sex) and romance.

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  • With the National Ballet she brings great artistry to such roles as "Giselle" and as the sophisticated operatic star in "Offenbach in the Underworld".

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  • If you feel Offenbach, which is a separate city, is the environs of Frankfurt, he will approve the construction there.

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  • They were created at the Parker House Hotel here in Boston in the 1870s, and were greatly appreciated by its patrons, which included famous ones such as Offenbach, Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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  • But then again, Offenbach knew something of discrimination.

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  • As you might expect, Offenbach finds a way to get the last laugh: "It may be interesting to add," he drily relates, "that after a lapse of two years this liberal hotel-keeper was compelled to give up his establishment for want of business."

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  • Offenbach devoted a chapter of his travelogue to thoughts on the American ideal of liberty, alternately bemused — blue laws against Sunday drinking are a particular annoyance — and cutting.

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  • Which is why my mind has been turning repeatedly over the past couple weeks to this very curious story that Offenbach relates from 1870s New York.

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  • With inauguration coverage currently on in the background, it's the perfect time to quote Jacques Offenbach.

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  • You forgot the bit in the book about American Independence: Offenbach being told summarily by a waiter in an American restaurant on what NOT to order.

    Entrez, messieurs, mesdames


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