Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry Thirty-Six

Entry Thirty-Six

Wednesday, February 5                                  Weather marked as Clear.

Dear Diary,

Everything is working itself out beautifully. The “Hello” dance is Friday night. I wonder if I’ll be asked. Today I brought my phonograph player in the house & played the “Gaite Parisienne” all evening. Its so beautiful. I just love it. I could play it over & over & over.

Editorial Note:

What Lois listened to over, and over, and over again on this day in 1951 was “Gaite Parisienne” (translated as Parisian Gaiety) by Jacques Offenbach. This appeared as the score to an eponymous ballet choreographed by Leonide Massine that was first presented by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938. In 1941, a film version of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production was released by Warner Brothers in full technicolor splendor. Directed by Jean Negulesco, the 20-minute romp is a truncated version of the full ballet that many purists despised, but we novices can find it entertaining nonetheless. Since this short is most likely how Lois was introduced to the Offenbach song, here it is in all it’s brief glory; enjoy.

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