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 Robert Planquette

Robert Planquette

Birth
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 28 Jan 1903 (aged 54)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 93
Memorial ID 7673 · View Source
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Composer. Born Jean Robert Planquette in Paris, he dropped out of studies at the Conservatory and made a modest living as a singer-songwriter at local cafes. One of his songs, the patriotic "Sambre et Meuse" (1871), is known today in its arrangement for brass band. In 1876 Planquette accepted a commission from the Folies Dramatiques for an operetta, even though he had no experience writing for the stage. The result, "Les Cloches de Corneville" (1877), was a smash that brought him immediate fame. It received over 1200 performances in Paris and London and remains a staple of the light opera repertory. Of his 11 other operettas only "Rip Van Winkle" (1882) is of note. Overall, Planquette was a minor talent whose sole gift was as a melodist; the refreshing tunes of "Les Cloches" effectively mask its technical and dramatic shortcomings. The bells on his tomb in Pere Lachaise are a reference to his biggest hit. A street in Paris is named for him.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7673
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Planquette (31 Jul 1848–28 Jan 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7673, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .