Song Numbers 82 and 83

Here is song number eighty-two
It’s a special song from me to you
I started working on it late last night
And I woke up early to get it right

It was written by Jacques Offenbach
Not to be confused with J. Sebastian Bach
It’s another song in the key of D
So let’s give it a listen, you and me



Jacques Offenbach (June 20, 1819 – October 5, 1880) was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the Romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s to the 1870s, and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revived during the 20th century, and many of his operettas continue to be staged in the 21st. The Tales of Hoffmann remains part of the standard opera repertory.

More about the composer can be found here:

Jacques Offenbach

And here is song number eighty-three
It’s another classic to you from me
That means that there’s just seventeen left
And this one’s written in the key of F

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) wrote this song titled Rondeau:

Regular Speed

Henry Purcell was born in St Ann’s Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster – the area of London later known as Devil’s Acre, a notorious slum – in 1659. Henry Purcell Senior, whose older brother Thomas Purcell was a musician, was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of King Charles II of England.

Henry the elder had three sons: Edward, Henry and Daniel. Daniel Purcell, the youngest of the brothers, was also a prolific composer who wrote the music for much of the final act of The Indian Queen after his brother Henry’s death. The family lived just a few hundred yards west of Westminster Abbey from 1659 onwards.

I think it is quite possible that Henry Purcell was the inspiration for Harry Potter. They both lived in Devil’s Acre and they have the same initials. I’m just saying.

For more on the composer:

Henry Purcell Closterman.jpg
Henry Purcell after a Hair Styling

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