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Charles Lecocq

Alexandre Charles Lecocq (3 June 1832 – 24 October 1918) was a French composer, known for his opérettes and opéras comiques. He became the most prominent successor to Jacques Offenbach in this sphere, and enjoyed considerable success in the 1870s and early 1880s, before the changing musical fashions of the late 19th century made his style of composition less popular. His few serious works include the opera Plutus (1886), which was not a success, and the ballet Le cygne (1899). His only piece to survive in the regular modern operatic repertory is his 1872 opéra comique La fille de Madame Angot (Mme Angot's Daughter). Others of his more than forty stage works receive occasional revivals.

After study at the Paris Conservatoire, Lecocq shared the first prize with Georges Bizet in an operetta-writing contest organised in 1856 by Offenbach. Lecocq's next successful composition was an opéra-bouffe, Fleur-de-Thé (Tea-flower), twelve years later. His comic operas Les cent vierges (The Hundred Virgins, 1872), La fille de Madame Angot (1872) and Giroflé-Girofla (1874) were all successes and established his international reputation. Critics remarked on the elegance of the music in Lecocq's best works. His other popular pieces in the 1870s included La petite mariée (The Little Bride, 1875) and Le petit duc (The Little Duke, 1878). Although a few of his works in the early 1880s were well-received, and he continued composing for more than two decades afterwards, his later works never achieved the same admiration.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 3rd, 1832 (Paris), Died October 24th, 1918 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 30 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 1303 7-in. Before Oct. 1898 Chanson politique Laura Libra Soprano vocal solo composer  
Berliner 1305 7-in. 6/11/1898 Couplet Clairette Laura Libra Soprano vocal solo composer  
Victor C-8787 12-in. 4/4/1910 Voyons, Monsieur, raisonnous politique David Devriès ; Gabrielle Lejeune-Gilibert Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9062 10-in. 6/7/1910 Giroflé-Girofla selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-10103 12-in. 3/27/1911 Gems from Giroflé-Girofla Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor O-515 10-in. 11/16/1910 El corazón y la mano Adelina Vehi Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 483 7-in. ca. 1901 The little duke : Selections Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 483 10-in. ca. 1901 The little duke : Selections Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 19412 10-in. 6/15/1911 Elle est tellement innocente Paul Dufault Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 75286 12-in. between October 1916 and March 1917 Marche des "Bleus" Guardia Republicana de Paris Band composer  
Edison 2257 10-in. 4/30/1913 This is their nuptial chamber Royal Fish ; Elizabeth Spencer Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Edison 2283 10-in. 5/12/1913 By thee I swear Marie De Kyser ; Randall Hargreaves Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 2355 10-in. 7/1/1913 Your pardon darling, forgive me Vernon Archibald ; Marie De Kyser Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 2364 10-in. 7/7/1913 Sweet form that in my dreamy gaze Albert Quesnel Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 2881 10-in. Mar. 1914 Brindisi Mary Carson Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3030 10-in. May 1914 Bolero Clementine de Vere Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5473 10-in. 3/26/1917 Let us die Vernon Dalhart ; Gladys Rice Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Edison 5512 10-in. 4/18/1917 Par toi, divine creature Orphée Langevin ; Odette Le Fontenay Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 5516 10-in. 4/20/1917 Pardonne, et ne sois pas fachée Orphée Langevin ; Odette Le Fontenay Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Edison 5527 10-in. 4/30/1917 We strongly now will try together Vernon Dalhart ; Gladys Rice Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Edison 5557 10-in. 5/14/1917 Two poor hapless lovers Vernon Dalhart ; Gladys Rice Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5771 10-in. 9/7/1917 There are two things on earth below—day and the night New York Light Opera Co. Mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7130 10-in. 1/25/1920 Les cent vièrges Torcom Bézazian Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 1721F[o] 10-in. 1903 Fantaisie Garde Républicaine Band Band composer  
Gramophone 5981h 10-in. 1908 Chanson du petit bossu Alexis Boyer Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 30 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lecocq, Charles," accessed November 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103749.

Lecocq, Charles. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103749.

"Lecocq, Charles." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 November 2020.

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