Claude Terrasse

Life Dates:
1867 – 1923
Artist Biography:
Claude Terrasse was a 19th-century French piano and voice teacher who was known for composing the scores of several popular French operettas, the precursor to the modern musical comedy. His most popular score was for the play "Ubu Roi (Ubu the King)", written by Alfred Jarry in 1896, which satirically wove the themes of greed and power into a comedic representation of the lofty bourgeois society. The play was thought to have inspired subsequent styles of theatre such as the French "Theatre of the Absurd", plays of absurd fiction popular in the late 1960s, and surrealism in theatrical production, such as was implemented by Salvador Dalí in the 1900s.