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Paris patissier creates Opéra-Comique pastry

November 30, 2016 by norman lebrecht

4 comments.


Maison Lenôtre has asked various opera people to help it design a cake to be called le Favart, after the founder of  the Opéra-Comique Charles-Simon Favart, himself the son of a patissier.

This is what it will look like.

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On sale in February.


Comments (4)

  1. John Borstlap says:

    Great…. very French, for them culture is always related to food. Debussy got his best ideas for his instrumentation through tasting dainty morsels. Iberia’s brilliant scoring resulted from tasting a Pulpo a la Gallega (1st mvt), Empanadas (2nd mvt) and a Fabada Asturiana (last mtv), and we know from his letters that the foaming middle mvt of La Mer was produced after a champagne binge. We know that Ravel wrote Bolero after a particularly boring dinner at the home of the Princesse de Polignac (she was a born American: Winnaretta Singer, heiress of the sewing machine company).

    Of course, Satie was a vegetarian, as anybody with an acute musical ear can hear, and Messiaen had digestion problems (simile). Boulez had no digestion system at all and kept himself alive on pills.

    1. Max Grimm says:

      […] very French, for them culture is always related to food. Debussy got his best ideas for his instrumentation through tasting dainty morsels.

      Looking at it from that angle, it may further explain why Norman doesn’t appreciate Debussy (considering the reputation of British cuisine).

    2. Paul Davis says:

      Obviously, the vegetarian’s musique was not Satie’sfactory, or Satie’sfying, the other’s digestive problems resulted in a Messy-one, and Boulez was happy with Pil selon Pil….n’est-ce pas?

      1. John Borstlap says:

        Absolument. Très drole!


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