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Two page autographed letter to his publisher, Martin Célestine Joubert, Friday, Normandy, no date.

The composer tells Joubert he does not think it is possible for him to go to Paris, but invites hom to his home, Villa de Cloches in Merville in Normandy.  He tells him he will find a good room and quiet.  He said Saturday he is going to the dances, and Sunday he is going to see his cousin  at the Concorde de Cannes and Wednesday he could come and take two to three hours of rest.  He sends his regards to his wife.  He mentions in a post script that there was a visit from Roche-Thulon the local aristocrat and he was not there and something about the visit he finds grotesque. Interestingly, it was a member of this family who were the local aristocrats in Corneville who were the antagonists in his most famous opera, “Les Cloches de Corneville”!

Planquette (1848-1903) was a prolific composer of operas, operettas and song.  His opera “Les Cloches de Corneville” was a huge success in 1877 and when it reached London the following year was the biggest box office success to that time and also was highly successful in the United States.  His operetta “Rip Van Winkle” in 1882 was another box office success and went World-Wide with an especially big success in New York and Boston.  His first operetta “Méfie-toi de Pharon was premiered at the Eldorado in Paris in 1872.  His first opera-comique, “Les Cloches de Coneville” premiered at the Theatre des Folies-Dramatiques in 1877.  His first full fledged opera “Le Chevalier Gaston” premiered at Monte Carlo in 1879.  There were numerous other works culminating in the posthumous Premiere of his final operetta “Le Paradis de Mahomet” at the Theatre des Varieties in 1906, three years after his death.  Planquette’s Villa in Merville was the center of his operations.  He lived there following the success of Les Cloches which provided him with the funds to afford to build the large home.  He also was a Conseiller Municipal in the town government.

Matin Célestine Joubert (1861-1834)was an attorney and a music publisher.  He combined with his client, Louis Bathlot in 1891.  Bathlot became Planquette’s publisher in 1877 and the first work he published was “Le Cloches de Corneville”  thereafter he published all of his works.  When Joubert joined in 1891, the firm became known as Bathlot & Joubert et Cie.  When Bathlot died in 1896, it became known as C. Joubert et Cie.  The final publication was in 1967.

A wonderful letter.

 

ROBERT PLANQUETTE - COMPOSER