"Starry Night" Music Box Paperweight
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Starry Night Music Box Paperweight
This clever paperweight is also a wind-up music box, which plays Claude Debussy’s famous serenade, “Clair de Lune.” The lid depicts a reproduction of Starry Night, by Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. This beautiful painting was completed in France in 1889, around the same time as Giacomo Puccini was composing La Bohème – 1893 to 1895.
With sides made of clear plastic, the music box allows the listener to see the internal mechanism as it plays. The gold acrylic ring comes off, making it possible to replace the original image with a photo, company logo or other picture.
- 2.75” diameter x 1.5” H
- Plays Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”
- Made in Germany
One of the most popular operas of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, La Bohème made its world première on February 1,1896, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, where it was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.
Set in Paris, in the 1830s, the near-destitute artist Marcello and poet Rodolfo try to keep warm on Christmas Eve in their Latin Quarter garret by feeding the stove with pages from Rodolfo’s latest drama. When Mimì, their neighbor, knocks on the door asking to borrow a candle she and Rodolfo
meet. Thus begins a fateful relationship as the two struggle to sustain their love against the challenges of poverty, jealousy and physical decline.
The Metropolitan Opera staged La Bohème for the first time on December 26,1900, with Luigi Mancinelli conducting. Since then it has been performed at the Met over a thousand times. Its 2018/2019 season production was hailed by the New York Times as “A thrilling La Bohème … radiating warmth … luxury cast”.
Puccini died in Brussels on November 29, 1924. The news of his death reached Rome during a performance of La Bohème. The opera was immediately stopped and the orchestra played Chopin’s Funeral March for the stunned audience.
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