François Dominique Séraphin, Bourbon favourite and reputedly the father of ombres chinoises (shadow puppetry), began operating 15 years later than is generally thought, and may have copied his techniques from an itinerant Italian or a London Alsatian. Featuring the memoirs of the valet to the later Louis XVII, early descriptions of the delights of the renovated Palais Royal (including a pygmy show), jolly old Baron Grimm on the lamentable state of French opera, shadow plays, and marionettes, and William Beckford’s favourite designer of theatrical perversions.
Re the songs, L’âme des poètes and Douce France.
I fear only some of them migrated with the swallows. Featuring Boris Sadovskoy, Yuri Norstein, Aleksey Batalov, Rolan Bykov and Gogol.
A Trump Taj Mahal Casino multitrack jukebox, to help make religion rather better than it has been, again.
But who are the three noseless Austrian ladies?
La feria madrileña imita a Petruskha.
Unfortunately Alan Friedman’s excellent authorised bio, My Way, leaves us none the wiser.
En el puerto de Hamburgo.
A Hamburg organ-grinder’s dad at Waterloo, and whatever happened to his son’s Drehorgellieder?
A version of Stravinsky’s Petrushka for street organ.