JULES MASSENET - INSCRIBED AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION SIGNED 08/17/1880 - HFSID 35516
Sale Price $2,210.00
He has signed these autograph music and lyrics, the last four measures of his religious cantata, The Virgin, and dated it himself (1880)
Autograph Musical Quotation signed: "J. Massenet/Paris 17-8-80", 1p, 10¾x3½. Inscribed by Massenet in French: "To Miss Eugenie Hautier/souvenir with respect". Massenet has identified the four long measures as the last measures of "Holy Friday", Third Scene of his religious cantata The Virgin scored by Massenet for four voices, one for each long measure, identified by Massenet as "Marie Salome", "Marie Magdalena", "Jean" and "Simon", with words penned in his hand. French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912) made his name with the comic opera Don César de Bazan (1872). Other operas followed, including Manon (1884), considered by many to be his masterpiece, Le Cid (1885) and Werther (1892). In the 3rd Part of The Virgin, "Good Friday", Mary-Salomé, Mary-Magdeleine, John and Simon have sought refuge in the Virgin's home. They try to comfort Christ's mother. In the distance one can hear the threatening voices of the people and the soldiers. The Virgin premiered in Paris on May 22, 1880, three months before Massenet inscribed this to Miss Hautier. The premier performance was conducted by Massenet himself. Folds. Irregular edges. Right edge is soiled and creased. Overall, fine condition.
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