Jules Massenet

French Romantic composer. Born 12 May 1842. Died 13 August 1912
Jules Massenet
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1842-05-12
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Jules Massenet

Jules Massenet Biography (Wikipedia)

Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet (12 May 1842 – 13 August 1912) was a French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas, of which he wrote more than thirty. The two most frequently staged are Manon (1884) and Werther (1892). He also composed oratorios, ballets, orchestral works, incidental music, piano pieces, songs and other music.

While still a schoolboy, Massenet was admitted to France's principal music college, the Paris Conservatoire. There he studied under Ambroise Thomas, whom he greatly admired. After winning the country's top musical prize, the Prix de Rome, in 1863, he composed prolifically in many genres, but quickly became best known for his operas. Between 1867 and his death forty-five years later he wrote more than forty stage works in a wide variety of styles, from opéra-comique to grand-scale depictions of classical myths, romantic comedies, lyric dramas, as well as oratorios, cantatas and ballets. Massenet had a good sense of the theatre and of what would succeed with the Parisian public. Despite some miscalculations, he produced a series of successes that made him the leading composer of opera in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Meditation (excerpt 'Thais')
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Meditation (excerpt 'Thais')

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Letter Scene (Werther)
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Letter Scene (Werther)
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Under the lindens (from Alsatian scenes - suite No 7 for orchestra)
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Under the lindens (from Alsatian scenes - suite No 7 for orchestra)
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Meditation (excerpt 'Thais')
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Meditation (excerpt 'Thais')
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"Ah! tout est bien fini...Ô Souverain, ô juge, ô père" from the opera 'Le Cid'
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"Ah! tout est bien fini...Ô Souverain, ô juge, ô père" from the opera 'Le Cid'
Jules Massenet
Ballet Suite from 'Herodiade'
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Ballet Suite from 'Herodiade'
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Toute mon âme est là! (Werther)
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Toute mon âme est là! (Werther)
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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Elegy
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Elegy

Elegy

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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Le Cid - ballet suite (Castillane)
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Le Cid - ballet suite (Castillane)
Jules Massenet
Le Cid - ballet suite: no.7 Navarraise
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Le Cid - ballet suite: no.7 Navarraise
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Elegie Op 10 No 5
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Elegie Op 10 No 5
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Danse flamande (Le carillon)
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Danse flamande (Le carillon)
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March of the Princesses - Cendrillon, Act 4 Scene 2
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March of the Princesses - Cendrillon, Act 4 Scene 2
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Manon Act 1: Manon and Des Grieux recit and duet
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Manon Act 1: Manon and Des Grieux recit and duet
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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Manon - ballet: Act 1 Scene ii - Des Grieux's lodgings in Paris
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Manon - ballet: Act 1 Scene ii - Des Grieux's lodgings in Paris
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Eau courante
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Eau courante
Jules Massenet
Suite no. 7 (Scenes alsaciennes): Dimanche matin
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Suite no. 7 (Scenes alsaciennes): Dimanche matin
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Méditation, from 'Thaïs
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Méditation, from 'Thaïs

Méditation, from 'Thaïs

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David Nebel
Giorgi Iuldashevi
Jules Massenet
Méditation (Thaïs)
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Méditation (Thaïs)
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Meditation from 'Thais'
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Meditation from 'Thais'
Jules Massenet
Papillons noirs
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Papillons noirs
Jules Massenet
Thaïs (Meditation)
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Thaïs (Meditation)
Jules Massenet
Meditation (Thaïs)
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Meditation (Thaïs)
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Aragonaise (Le Cid)
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Aragonaise (Le Cid)
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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Thaïs (Meditation)
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Meditation (from Thais) [Prn: Tie-Eece]
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Meditation (from Thais) [Prn: Tie-Eece]
Jules Massenet
Meditation (Thaïs)
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Meditation (Thaïs)
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Cleopatre
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Cleopatre

Cleopatre

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Jean-Luc Maurette, Didier Henry, Martine Olmeda, Choeurs du Festival, Nouvel Orchestre de Saint-Etienne, Patrick Fournillier
Isobel Buchanan
Werther: Du gai soleil plein de flamme
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Werther: Du gai soleil plein de flamme
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Dimanche Matin (Scenes Alsaciennes Suite)
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Dimanche Matin (Scenes Alsaciennes Suite)
Jules Massenet
Meditation from 'Thais'
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Meditation from 'Thais'
Jules Massanet, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jeffrey Tate & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Hérodiade: Celui Dont La Parole...Il Est Doux, Il Est Bon (Act I)
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Hérodiade: Celui Dont La Parole...Il Est Doux, Il Est Bon (Act I)
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Elegie
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Elegie

Elegie

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Gabriela Swallow
Richard Bonynge
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Sally Silver
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March of the Princesses (Cendrillon Suite)
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March of the Princesses (Cendrillon Suite)
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Allez, laissez-moi seul (Cendrillon)
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Allez, laissez-moi seul (Cendrillon)
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Pourquoi me reveiller (Werther)
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Pourquoi me reveiller (Werther)
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Oiseau de bois
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Oiseau de bois
Jules Massenet
Toccata for piano
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Toccata for piano
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