In addition to Levy, salonniere hosts included Amalie Beer (mother of Giacomo Meyerbeer
), Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (sister of Felix Mendelssohn), Rahel Varnhagen (1771-1833), Henriette Herz (1764-1847), and Dorothea von Schlegel (1764-1839).
For the overture of Giacomo Meyerbeer
's Les Huguenots at Opera Bastille (Oct.
, Coronation March; Hector Berlioz, Chante Sacre'; Benoit Constant Fauconnier, Quatour; Andre' Gretry, Trio from Richard Coeur de Lion; Guiseppe Verdi, Fragments melodiquies sur Messe de Requiem; Henry Distin, Distin's Polka; John Distin, Distin's Military Quadrilles; George Frederick Handel, "Let the Bright Seraphim" from Samson; James Kent, Blessed Be Thou Lord God of Israel; Thomas Arne, Rule Britannia; Traditional, The Last Rose of Summer; Theodore Distin, Victory; Guiseppi Verdi, Sinfonia from Nabucco.
"Exploring the Pedagogical Aspects of Songs by Giacomo Meyerbeer
: The Hidden Jewels of 19th-Century Song Repertoire." DMA Dissertation, Temple University, 154 pages; ProQuest 1794167134.
Meverbeer wrote a few other short pieces with explicitly Jewish themes: see notes 6 and 17 below; his choral works for the Paris synagogue are discussed in David Conway, Jewry in Music-Entry In the Profession from the Enlightenment to Richard Wagner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 220; "Psalm 91," in honor of his mother's 87th birthday in 1853, is discussed in Heinz Becker and Gudrun Becker, Giacomo Meyerbeer
, A Life in Letters (London: Christopher Helm, 1989), 181.
One essay written in 1850, "Das Judenthum in der Musik" ("Jewishness in Music") criticized Jewish musical rivals ike Giacomo Meyerbeer
and claimed that the Jews (an "alien" race) were destructive to German society and culture and that most Germans were "repelled" by Jews.
Wagner tried to cover his guilty tracks by denouncing Jewish composers he emulated, including Giacomo Meyerbeer
Thus, we read of Elisa-Rachel Felix who proved a brilliant tragic actress in roles from Racine, while Giacomo Meyerbeer
produced lavish historical operas of great popularity.
The program will include Giacomo Meyerbeer
's "Torch Dance Fackeltanz," Norman Dello Joio's "Satiric Dances," Grainger's "Australian Up-Country Tune," John Zdechlik's "Chorale and Shaker Dance," and a new work by David Maslanka, "Give Us This Day." Robert Ponto and Timothy Paul will conduct.
Rather than hating his imagined opponents--notably Mendelssohn and Giacomo Meyerbeer
, both of whom had shown him goodwill--because they were Jews, Wagner seems to have done the opposite: invoked their Jewishness because he hated them.
's valedictory L'Africaine was first given posthumously at the Opera de Paris on 28 April 1865.
It became one of the most popular works of its day and, along with the operas of Giacomo Meyerbeer
, the gold standard against which critics have measured other efforts in the genre of French grand opera.