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The prolific French composer writes a short letter to Berthe Weil Levy, the daughter of his friend the well known philologist, Henri Weil including three important musical quotations from his three most beloved operas, “the entrance of Des Grieux” from “Manon”, “O Nature, Plein de Grâce” from “Werther” and the violin solo “Meditation” from “Thaďs”, 1910.  We include the transmittal envelope and a superb original Benque cabinet photograph.

 

The composer writes after enquiring acter her that he will soon be returning to Luxembourg and then says he is sending as a thank you for her “beautiful thoughts”.

 

By 1910, Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was the “grand opera” composer of France.  He had had a superb career, was wealthy and still composing.  “Don Quichotte” with Feodor Chaliapin in the title role was first performed this year and was not his Last.  The opera “Roma” was to follow months before his death.  Three posthumous operas followed, “Panurge” in 1913, “Cléopâtre” in 1914 and “Amadis” in 1922.  Three of the last four were premiered in Monte Carlo, but only “Don Quichotte” and “Cléopâtre” at the time had legs essentially due to their creators, Feodor Chaliapin and Mary Kuznetsova who were singing actors in the truest sense of the word.  Massenet was considered old fashioned and newer composers such as Debussy and Ravel had taken over as the new French music of the time.

 

What makes this trio of musical quotations special, is that not only are they his three most popular works, which are regularly performed and stood the test of time, but he did not include a fourth quotation of his oratorio, “Marie Magdeleine” which he apparently thought a lot of, regularly quoted, but no one knows today.

 

The youthful and near mint cabinet photograph of the middle aged Massenet makes this an ideal pair for display!

JULES MASSENET - COMPOSER
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