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Jacques Offenbach
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    (June 20, 1819-October 4, 1880)
    Birth name was Jacob Eberst
    Resided in Paris
    Wrote ‘Orpheus in the Underworld (1858),’ ‘La Belle Hélène (1864),’ ‘La Vie Parisienne (1866)’ and ‘Tales of Hoffman (1880)’
    He was a child prodigy.
    He played a lot of practical jokes on co-workers.
    He pissed his money away.
    He wore fur.
    Richard Wagner called his music ‘a dung heap.’
    He is considered the greatest composer of operettas.
    He was a gifted cellist.
    He had to put up with prejudice from French audiences because he was German and Jewish.
    He died before finishing his masterpiece, ‘Tales of Hoffman.’
    He wrote the famous ‘Can-Can’ song.

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