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Jules Massenet

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Today Jules Massenet is most beneficial known for the operas Manon and Werther as well as the single violin Méditation, from Thaïs. During his life time, nevertheless, Massenet was perhaps one of the most prolific and celebrated operatic composers on the planet. The general public anxiously anticipated his result, and Massenet became both rich and well-known practicing his build. His legacy endures due to his capability to develop music which portrays the intimacy of individual relationships as well as the feelings and issues that arise from their website. His present for melody is normally reflected in a number of arias which are being among the most gorgeous within the French operatic repertoire. He was also an excellent orchestrator, an art which allowed him to fully capture the moods and shades of a multitude of areas and eras. Furthermore to opera, Massenet constructed music, oratorios, ballets and orchestral functions, in addition to chamber music and functions for single piano. Massenet was created in Montaud, France, towards the category of a battling metal worker. In the sensitive age group of 10, he was accepted towards the Paris Conservatory, where he examined with famed operatic composer Ambroise Thomas. In 1863, Massenet gained the Prix de Rome, a award which allowed him to visit and research in Italy. There the son experienced the noises and textures of the spot and begun to compose in earnest. Whilst in Italy, Massenet fulfilled Liszt, who presented him to his upcoming wife, Mademoiselle Sainte-Marie. Massenet’s initial opera, a one-act entitled La Grand’ Tante (THE FANTASTIC Aunt), was created (with just moderate achievement) on the Opéra-Comique in 1867. In 1877 Massenet’s incredible opera Le Roi de Lahore (The Ruler of Lahore) acquired a highly effective premiere on the Paris Opera, marking the start of his ascendancy as France’s most prolific and celebrated operatic composer. In 1878, his previous instructor, Thomas, asked him to become professor on the Paris Conservatory. Massenet attained considerable success being a instructor, influencing a whole era of French composers, including Gustav Charpentier as well as the melody composer Reynaldo Hahn. An extremely prolific composer, Massenet proved helpful frequently throughout his lifestyle, completing significant amounts of music furthermore to his 25 released operas. His around 250 songs frequently reflect exactly the same melodic ingenuity and expressiveness define his operatic functions. Massenet composed many melody cycles, including Poéme d’Avril (Apr Poem), that is often defined as the very first French melody cycle. Being among the most well-known of his single music are “Ouvre tes yeux bleus” (Open up your blue eye) and “Si tu veux, Mignonne” (If you want it, sweetheart). The composer’s First Orchestral Suite (originally entitled Symphony in F) premiered in 1867. This is the to begin seven suites by Massenet, with programmatic topics which range from Alsace (Scènes alsaciennes, 1882) to Hungary (Scènes hongroises, 1871), and from Shakespeare (Scénes dramatiques, 1875) to Fairyland (Scènes de féerie, 1881). Probably the most well-known of his orchestral suites, Scénes pittoresques (Picturesque Moments), was initially performed in Paris during March of 1874. Massenet also constructed many ballets, including La Cigale, Espada, and Les Rosati. Furthermore to Marie-Magdeleine, his oratorios consist of Ève (1875) and La Terre guarantee (The promised property, 1900). He composed a great deal of incidental music for has, including Sardou’s Le Crocodile (1886) and Racine’s Phèdre (1900). His just piano concerto was initially performed in 1903 and gets occasional modern shows.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jules Massenet
Died August 13, 1912, Paris, France
Profession Opera composer
Education Conservatoire de Paris
Nationality French
Children Juliette Massenet
Parents Adélaïde Royer de Marancour, Alexis Massenet
Albums Massenet: Esclarmonde, Orchestral Suites, Manon (Highlights), Massenet - Werther, Massenet: Piano Music, Don Quichotte, Coppelia (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande feat. conductor: Richard Bonynge), Le Cid - Ballet Music / Scènes Pittoresques / The Last Sleep Of The Virgin, La Terre Promise, Massenet: Piano Pieces/ Debussy: Fantaisie / Ravel: Concertos, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Saint-Saëns: Havanaise / Introduction and Rondo capriccioso / Massenet: Meditation from 'Thais', Esclarmonde Suite / Suite no. 1 / Cendrillon Suite, Oiseau Bleu- Chansons de Massenet, Delage, Beydts, Gounod, Werther, Souvenirs, Cendrillon (Philharmonia Orchestra, feat. conductor: Juliua Rudel, singers: von Stade, Berbié, Gedda, Welting), Werther (London Symphony Orchestra & Tiffin Children's Choir feat. conductor: Antonio Pappano), La Navarraise (London Symphony Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus, feat. conductor: Henry Lewis, singers: Horne, Domingo, Milnes, Zaccaria), Massenet: Chérubin, Werther (Orchestre de Paris & Voix d'enfants de la maîtrise de l'O.R.T.F. feat. conductor: Georges Prêtre, mezzo-soprano: Victoria de los Ángeles, tenor: Nicolai Gedda), Suites Nos. 3 & 6 / Le Dernier Sommeil de la Vierge (Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte Carlo, John Eliot Gardiner), Werther (Chœurs et Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique & Chœurs d'enfants de la Cantoria feat. conductor: Elie Cohen, tenor: Georges Thill, mezzo-soprano: Ninon Vallin), Orchestral Suites: Hérodiade (Ballet Suite) / Suite No. 1 / Scènes Hongroises / Scènes Dramatiques, Werther (Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, feat. conductor: Riccardo Chailly, singers: Domingo, Obraztsova, Grundheber, Moll), Manon (Orchestre Symphonique et Chœurs de la Monnaie feat. conductor : Antonio Pappano, chorus master : Renato Balsadonna), Werther (Orchestre de Paris, feat. conductor: Georges Prêtre, singers: Gedda, de los Angeles, Mesplé, Soyer", The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 15: Hahn: Piano Concerto in E major / Massenet: Piano Concerto in E-flat major, Thaïs, Don Quichotte (disc 1), Jules Massenet - Manon, Massenet Thais, Massenet: Werther, Health Wellness Meditation, Volume 02, Sweet Morning, Discover Massenet, Music to Remember: Chabrier, Mozart, Delius, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz, Massanet, Los clásicos de la Ópera, No. 19: Manon (Coros y Orquesta del Teatro Nacional de la Ópera Cómica feat. conductor: Pierre Monteux), Boléro and other Spanish Favourites, Opera - An Ultimate Collection, The Massenet Playlist, Manon (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: Maurice Abravanel)


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1 A major composer of French opera in the late 19th century, author of the important works "Werther" and "Manon."


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Werther 2010 TV Movie music: "Werther"
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008 TV Series music - 1 episode
Sheherazade: An Oriental Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker 2007 Video writer: "Meditation from Thais"
Heridas de amor 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Infinite Dream 2006 Short music: "Rêve, infini !"
The Berlin Concert 2006 TV Movie documentary writer: "Le Mage - Ah! Parais! Parais, astre de mon ciel"
Ranpo jigoku 2005 writer: "Air du miroir 'Dis-moi que je suis belle' from 'Thais'"
Transamerica 2005 writer: "Meditation"
Ladies in Lavender 2004 music: "Meditation" 1894
Six Feet Under 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
As Time Goes By 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Antonio Pappano 2001 TV Movie documentary music: "Manon"
Don Quichotte 2000 TV Movie music: "Don Quichotte, Comédie héroïque en cinq actes"
The Dish 2000 writer: "Lorsque Vous N'Aurez Rien A Faire"
Chaliapin: The Enchanter 1998 TV Movie music: "Don Quichotte"
Heaven Before I Die 1997 as Jules Mssenet, "Vision Fugitive"
Our God's Brother 1997 music: "Aria from MANON"
Poussières d'amour - Abfallprodukte der Liebe 1996 Documentary "Werther"
A Loss of Innocence 1996 TV Movie writer: "Thais"
The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994 1994 TV Special writer: "O Souverain! Ô Juge! Ô Père!", "Pourquoi me réveiller" - as Massenet
Le jeune Werther 1993 writer: "Werther"
The Accompanist 1992 writer: "Thaïs: Air de miroir"
Mister Johnson 1990 writer: "Ah! Fuyez Douce Image" from Manon
Live from Lincoln Center 1990 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1987 TV Movie music: "Meditation" - uncredited
The Gospel According to Vic 1986 music: "Manon" - uncredited
Tenkôsei 1982 writer: "Meditation" from "Thaïs"
Domingo/Troyanos Met Gala Concert 1982 TV Movie music: "Werther: Va! laisse couler mes larmes", "Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller"
Six personnages en quête d'un chanteur 1981 TV Movie writer: "Don Quichotte"
Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos 1980 "Werther", uncredited
Playing for Time 1980 TV Movie music: "Meditation" - uncredited
Marathon Man 1976 music: "Dors, o cité oerverse" 1881 - as Massenet
Nostra signora dei turchi 1968 writer: "Werther" - uncredited
Maria Callas in Concert - Hamburg, 16 March 1962 1962 TV Special music: "Le Cid, Acte III: De cet affreux combat... Pleurez, mes yeux"
The Jack Benny Program 1962 TV Series writer - 1 episode
La joie de vivre 1955 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sanoma kaikkien kuultavaksi 1955 Documentary short writer: "Meditation"
La maison Bonnadieu 1951 writer: "Werther"
Luxury Liner 1948 music: "Obéissons quand leur voix appelle"
I'll Take Romance 1937 music: "Gavotte"
Here's to Romance 1935 music: "Le reve de des Grieux" from the opera "Manon"
Wings 1927 writer: "Marche et Streta Suite No. 1, Op. 13" - as Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet
När molnen skingras 2016 Documentary writer: "Élégie"
Soudain, le silence 2015 music: "Pourquoi me réveiller"
Liberal Arts 2012 music: "Médiation" - as Massenet
Elegie 2011 Short writer: "Elegie"
Revealed 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
Till det som är vackert 2010 writer: "MEDITATION UR THAÏS"
Don Quichotte 2010 TV Movie music: "Don Quichotte" complete opera
La bomba del Liceu 2010 Documentary writer: "Werther"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008-2014 TV Series music by - 3 episodes
Cendrillon 2011 TV Movie music by
Le Cid 2011 TV Movie music: Opéra en 4 actes de
Don Quichotte 2010 TV Movie music by
Werther 2010 TV Movie music by
Thaïs 2009 TV Movie music by
Manon 2007/II TV Movie music by
Manon 2007/I TV Movie music by
Jules Massenet: Manon 2007 TV Movie music by
Jules Massenet: Le Roi de Lahore 2005 Video music by
Jules Massenet: Werther 2005 TV Movie music by
Thaïs 2004 Video music by
Pavarotti & Friends 2002 for Angola 2002 TV Special documentary music: "Pourquoi me reveiller" from opera "Werther"
Manon 2001 TV Movie music by: Opéra Comique en 5 actes et 6 tableaux
Le Cid 2001 TV Movie music by
Don Quichotte 2000 TV Movie music by: Comédie héroïque en cinque actes
Massenet: His Life and Music 2000 Documentary music
Gold and Silver Gala with Placido Domingo 1996 TV Special music: "O souverain" from "Le Cid"
Werther 1993 TV Movie music by
Le jeune Werther 1993 composer: Score based on "Werther" - as Massenet
Werther 1986 TV Movie music by
Hérodiade 1985 TV Movie music by
Manon 1983 TV Movie music by
Werther 1980 TV Movie music by
Werther 1978 TV Movie music by
Live from Lincoln Center 1977 TV Series music by - 1 episode
Manon Lescaut 1926 music by
Thais 1917/I music: from "Thaïs"
Herodiade (Ária de São João) 1908 Short music

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