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Heure espagnole, L’ (‘The Spanish Hour’)locked

  • Roger Nichols

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Comédie musicale in one act by Maurice Ravel after the play by Franc-Nohain Franc-Nohain ; Paris, Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart), 19 May 1911.

Franc-Nohain’s comedy L’heure espagnole had been a great success at the Odéon in Paris in 1904, and Ravel made only some small cuts and revisions in refashioning it as a libretto. The director of the Opéra-Comique, Albert Carré, had doubts as to whether his clientèle would accept the risqué story line and on these grounds delayed acceptance for some time after Ravel finished the vocal score in ...

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