Jules Massenet

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Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet( 12 May 1842 - 13 August 1912) was a French composer best known for his operas. His compositions were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and he ranks as one of the greatest melodists of his era. Soon after his death, Massenet's style went out of fashion, and many of his operas fell into almost total oblivion. Apart from Manon and Werther, his works were rarely performed. However, since the mid-1970s, many operas of his such as Thaïs and Esclarmonde have undergone periodic revivals.

As a very prolific, hard-working composer (with over 25 extant operas to his credit, and with his daily schedule starting frequently from as early as 4am), he created his pieces not at the piano, as so many other composers do, but entirely from his imagination. That ability greatly helped him to achieve his high standards as an orchestrator. Even in his loudest passages, the instrumental texture is always lucid. It is curious that he was also known to avoid all public dress-rehearsals and performances of his works; often others would have to inform him of his own operatic successes.

The only known recording by Massenet is a scene from Sapho where he accompanies the soprano Georgette Leblanc on the piano; never published, it is in the Historical Sound Recordings collection of Yale University.

Song Cycles, Symphonies, Collections etc.

Aus alter Zeit

Chansons des bois d'Amaranthe

Chants intimes

Don César de Bazan [opera]

Expressions lyriques - Mélodies avec déclamation rythmée

Im Vor-Lenze, op. 14

Le poème des fleurs (The Poem of the Flowers)

Les Érinnyes [opera]

Lui et elle

Poème d'amour (Poem of love)

Poème d'avril (April Poem), op. 14

Poëme d'hiver

Poème d'Octobre

Poème du souvenir (Memorial)

Poème d'un soir

Poème pastoral

Trois mélodies, deux duos & un trio

Trois poèmes chastes


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  • Dialogue (Massenet)(in Expressions lyriques - Mélodies avec déclamation rythmée) (Text: Marc Varenne)


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  • En voyage (Massenet)(in Expressions lyriques - Mélodies avec déclamation rythmée) (Text: Théodore Maurer)


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  • Les nuages (Massenet)(in Expressions lyriques - Mélodies avec déclamation rythmée) (Text: ?, Comtesse Maurice Roch de Louvencourt)


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  • Nocturne (Massenet)(in Expressions lyriques - Mélodies avec déclamation rythmée) (Text: Jeanne-Françoise Thomasset)


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(Text: Marc Legrand after Oscar von Redwitz-Schmölz)


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