One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hollywood Bowl: I Can't Cancan

Went to the Hollywood Bowl last night (my eldest, Katia, would've preferred the Arctic Monkeys playing next weekend) and had the City of Lights (Paris) musically brought to us.

A lot I could say but I'll just mention the wonderful autumn evening, Thomas Wilkins (the enthusiastic African-American conductor), the spectacular fireworks, and the cancan (or can-can).

My SOED says cancan comes from a reduplication of the French word for duck: canard. Doesn't explain more than that.

My wife knew (but I didn't) the music typically associated with the cancan: The Galop from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1895)
[from the Wikimedia Commons]
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