Orphée aux Enfers
is a libretto by Hector Crémieux
and Ludovic Halévy
for the first full-length opera by Jacques Offenbach
. The opera parodies the story of Orpheus and Eurydice
. It was first performed on 21 October 1858, and a revival in 1874 broke previous records at the Gaîté's
box-office. The music of the "Galop Infernal" from the final scene was adopted to accompany the vigorous can-can by the music halls of Paris. Orphée aux Enfers
remains the most often produced of Offenbach's operas.
Woman that dreams
With the dawn.
Early flowers appear finer;
The meadows are embroidered;
But these flowers, who are they for?
You wish to know
Say nothing of it to my spouse,
They are for the pretty shepherd
Who dwells there.
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Finished with the War: A Soldier’s Declaration is a statement by Siegfried Sassoon read to the British House of Commons on 30 July 1917 and printed in the London Times. Due to his prominence as a decorated soldier, Sassoon did not face a court-martial and was instead ruled to be mentally ill and sent to Craiglockhart Hospital.
I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it. I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that the war upon which I entered as a war of defence and liberation has now become a war of agression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them and that had this been done the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation. (Read on)
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