Stone engraving of the French operetta composer, arranger, and conductor by Théodore Maurisset (fl. 1834-1859) after a design by Jean-Pierre Dantan (1800-1869). Philippe MUSARD.

Stone engraving of the French operetta composer, arranger, and conductor by Théodore Maurisset (fl. 1834-1859) after a design by Jean-Pierre Dantan (1800-1869)

[Paris]: [1839]. 117 x 73 + wide margins, sheet size 260 x 168 mm. Printed on wove paper. A fine impression.

Based on a bust by Dantan executed in 1838 depicting Musard conducting a quadrille at a "Bal de l'Opéra."

Sorel 199. Dantan 124.

"After the July Revolution [Musard] returned to France and conducted at masked balls at the Théâtre des Variétés. He then became artistic director of a series of popular open-air concerts and dances on the Champs-Elysées, which marked the beginning of the Concerts-Musard; these were an immediate and enormous success... He also conducted for masked balls at the Salle Ventadour and the Opéra-Comique, and eventually in 1835 and 1836 for the balls at the Opéra itself... He continued to be a popular conductor until 1845. In France he was considered the doyen of dance composers and popular conductors until 1852." Gérard Streletski, Gustave Chouquet and David Charltonin Grove Music Online.

Dantan's caricatures of writers, artists, and particularly musicians are highly regarded. He is said to be the inventor of the "sculptural caricature." Wikipedia. Item #29818

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