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Jules Massenet

Artist: Jules Massenet 
Born:1842, Montaud, St Etienne
Died:1912, Paris
Summary:Best known for his numerous operas, and wrote in a generally melodic style.
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Meditation from Thais
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Jules Massenet Biography


Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet (May 12, 1842 - August 13, 1912) was a French composer. He is best known for his operas, which were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Massenet was born in Montaud, St Étienne. When he was eleven his family moved to Paris so that he could study at the Conservatoire there. In 1862 he won a Grand Prix de Rome and spent three years in Rome. His first opera was a one-act production at the at Opéra-Comique in 1867, but it was his oratorio-drama Marie-Madeleine that won his the praise of the likes of Tchaikovsky and Gounod.

Massenet took a break from his composing to serve as a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War, but returned to his art following the end of the conflict in 1871. From 1878 he was professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory where his pupils included Gustave Charpentier, Reynaldo Hahn and Charles Koechlin. His greatest successes were with Manon in 1884, Werther in 1892, and Thaïs in 1894. A notable later opera was Don Quichotte, produced in Monte Carlo 1910, with the legendary Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin in the title-role.

Massenet used Wagner's leitmotiv device but gave it French lightness, a style considered by some to be saccharine.

In addition to his operas, he also composed ballet music, oratorios and cantatas, orchestral works, and about two hundred songs.



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Meditation From 'Thais' "(From ""Thais""). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by M. P. Marsick. Chamber ensemble. For violin and piano. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Piano/violin single (includes separate pull out part for violin). Standard notation. 7 pages. Publis

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Meditation From Thais "By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Edited by Roger Nichols. For violin and piano accompaniment. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Set of performance parts. Solo part, piano reduction and introductory text. 12 pages. Published by Edition Peters"

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Meditation from Thais (For Piano). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Piano. For Piano Solo. Solo part. Standard notation. 5 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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Meditation from Thais - Easy Piano (Easy Piano No. 58). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). For solo piano. Music Sales America. Classical Period. Difficulty: easy-medium. Single piece. Easy piano notation (does not include words to the songs). Ep58. 4 pages. Chester Music #CH55758. Published b

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Meditation (Tha¥s) (Cello and Piano). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by rpàd Pejtsik. EMB. 3 pages. Editio Musica Budapest #Z13635. Published by Editio Musica Budapest

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Meditation (From 'Thais') (Flute Solo with Piano Accompaniment). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by Paul Taffanel. For flute and piano. Classical Period. Set of performance parts. Standard notation. 5 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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Manon (Vocal Score). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by G Mead. Score. G. Schirmer Opera Score Editions. 394 pages. G. Schirmer #ED2627. Published by G. Schirmer

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Meditation from 'Thais' By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by Roger Nichols. For Piano. SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate). Sheet Music. Published by Edition Peters

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Aragonaise from Le Cid (Piano Solo). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Edited by William Scharfenberg. Piano Solo. SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate). 6 pages. G. Schirmer #ST6174. Published by G. Schirmer

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Meditation from 'Thais' "(Violin and Piano with Piano Accompaniment On CD). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). For Violin Solo, Piano. Solo part with piano reduction. Standard notation. 7 pages. Published by Carl Fischer"

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Cendrillon (Chant et Piano (Francais/Anglais)). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). For voice and piano. Published by Heugel & Cie

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Meditation By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by M. Wollny. For flute and guitar / violin and guitar. Published by Van Teeseling

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Thais (Meditation/Saxophone Alto et Piano). By Jules Massenet / Deffayet. For Alto Saxophone and Piano. Published by Heugel & Cie

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Werther "(Vocal Score (French, English Language Edition)). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). For Voice. Complete Score. Kalmus Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Vocal Score. 236 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing"

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Meditation from 'Thais' (For Clarinet and Piano). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by Merle J. Isaac. For Clarinet Solo & Piano. Solo part with piano reduction. Standard notation. 7 pages. Published by Carl Fischer

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"Thais, Meditation" By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by Ernst-Thilo Kalke. For Violoncello and Piano. Romantic. Full score & parts. Published by Uetz Music

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Meditation from Thais (Flute and Piano). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by John Madden. Fentone Instrumental Books. Fentone Music #F166. Published by Fentone Music

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Meditation from Thais (Flute and Piano). By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by John Madden. Fentone Instrumental Books. Fentone Music #F166. Published by Fentone Music

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Werther (Opera) By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Edited by Humphrey Proctor-Gregg. Opera. Vocal score. Language: French and English. Published by International Music Company

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Elegie By Jules Massenet (1842-1912). For violin and piano. Published by Wiltshire Music/Cor Publishing Co.

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