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The "musical buffoonery in one act" Tromb-Al-Ca-Zar or "Les criminels dramatiques" (dramatic criminals) was premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Des Bouffes-Parisiens on April 3, 1856. Although the intrigue of the booklet is weak (Near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the owner of an isolated inn fears the visit of the Spanish brigand Tromb-al-ca-zar. Traveling comedians made up as musketeers and refugees at the hostel, following a more than stormy performance, makes them believe that they are the bandits. After various adventures, including in love, they will end up hiring the boss for the continuation of their tour).
The theme and the style of this ridicule makes fun of the grandiloquent and complicated operas of certain composers in vogue at that time. The work encountered a real success from its first performances thanks to its main performer, Hortense Schneider and to songs that quickly became successful, such as the Boléro, the Chanson du crocodile (Crocodile song) or this Trio du jambon de Bayonne.