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Massenet : a chronicle of his life and times

Author: Demar Irvine
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a meticulously researched and superbly detailed biography of composer Jules Massenet, a musical prodigy who entered the Paris Conservatory at the age of ten in 1853 and was at the heart of Parisian musical life until his death in 1912. During his lifetime Massenet was one of the best known and most highly regarded musicians in all Europe. Although his works fell out of vogue for several decades after his
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
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Irvine, Demar.
Massenet.
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)639576757
Named Person: Jules Massenet; Jules Massenet; Jules Massenet; Jules Massenet
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Demar Irvine
ISBN: 0931340632 9780931340635
OCLC Number: 28413833
Description: xix, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Parentage and early life --
Paris ; Chambery 1848-1857 --
The Prix de Rome 1857-1863 --
The Villa Medici 1864-1865 --
Back in Paris ; Marriage 1866 --
La Grand' Tante ; The Franco-Prussian War 1867-1871 --
Don Cesar de Bazan ; Les Erinnyes ; Marie-Magdeleine 1872-1873 --
The Legion d'Honneur 1874-1876 --
Le Roi de Lahore ; The Conservatoire ; The Institut 1877-1878 --
Herodiade 1879-1881 --
Manon 1882-1884 --
Le Cid 1885-1888 --
Esclarmonde ; Le Mage 1889-1891 --
Werther 1892-1893 --
Thais ; Le Portrait de Manon ; La Navarraise 1894 --
Freedom from the Conservatoire 1895-1896 --
Sapho ; Cendrillon 1897-1899 --
Griselidis 1900-1901 --
Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame 1902 --
Cherubin 1903-1905 --
Ariane ; Therese 1906-1907 --
Bacchus 1908-1909 --
Don Quichotte 1910 --
Roma 1911-1912 --
The end of an era.
Responsibility: Demar Irvine.

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This is a meticulously researched and superbly detailed biography of composer Jules Massenet, a musical prodigy who entered the Paris Conservatory at the age of ten in 1853 and was at the heart of Parisian musical life until his death in 1912. During his lifetime Massenet was one of the best known and most highly regarded musicians in all Europe. Although his works fell out of vogue for several decades after his death, the 1970s and 80s brought a renewal of interest in his work and a welcome series of new performances.

Relying on primary sources for firsthand information, Irvine profiles the composer and draws a rich portrait of the fascinating era in which Massenet lived. The narrative begins in 1748 with the birth of Massenet's grandfather, details the composer's early years and family life, traces his educational career, and highlights important events in his life. This carefully documented biography of Massenet and his milieu is lively and readable, conveying a vivid sense of the life of a successful musician in the late nineteenth century. Along the way one meets numerous composers, conductors, singers, publishers, artists, writers, and critics - everyone who contributed to the exciting cultural ferment of the time.

Massenet's Paris was the city of expositions, a magnet for artistic talent and innovative ideas. As Massenet composed his first operas, Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir, and their compatriots were unveiling the new Impressionism; Bizet, Faure, Wagner, Offenbach, Debussy, and Saint-Saens were his musical contemporaries. Great operatic performers such as Sibyl Sanderson, Emma Calve, Mary Garden, Geraldine Farrar, and Feodor Chaliapin were eager to star in the premier of any new work by Massenet. The composer had many eminent students, including Gustave Charpentier, Lucien Hillemacher, and Reynaldo Hahn. In this period of extraordinary artistic vitality, Massenet was applauded by his arch-rival Saint-Saens as a "sparkling diamond" of French music. Alfred Bruneau and Claude Debussy penned tributes upon his death, and Saint-Saens memorably commented, "Massenet has been much imitated; he imitated no one."

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