Paris Between the Wars – “Y” is for Maurice Yvain

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Between 1919 and 1939, Paris experienced a cultural and intellectual boom. This blog will feature artists, writers, composers, musicians, and designers. Paris was at its cultural peak.

Maurice Yvain
Maurice Yvain

Born in Paris in 1891, Maurice Yvain was a French composer noted for his operettas of the 1920s and 1930s. The son of a trumpet-playing musician, young Maurice excelled as a pianist, and co-wrote the song “Mon Homme” (My Man) – you probably know the English version sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.

In the 1920s, he began to compose operettas, 18 in all; his satirical “Ta Bouche” (Your Mouth) of 1922 was a particular success. The sequels which followed were the “Pas sur la Bouche” (Not on the Mouth) and the “Bouche a Bouche” (Mouth to Mouth) and both further established the musical virtuosity of Yvain.

Thanks to his success in the United States, several of his pieces appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway.

5 thoughts on “Paris Between the Wars – “Y” is for Maurice Yvain

  1. Thx deeares Martha   thought o might throw in “Y is for Yorston ”   haha  he and  i had a good chat on interfaith dialogue…plz give me a call when free i need u  luv and peace Tommy 58 in October   u in July Ps what r u doing up so early  😊


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