MASSENET Jules (1842-1912)

Lot 1340
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MASSENET Jules (1842-1912)
7 L.A.S., Pont-de-l'Arche (Eure) and Paris July-August 1893, [to Louis GALLET]; 37 pages 8, 2 headed Le Mûrier Pontde-l'Arche, an envelope.

Very interesting correspondence with the librettist of Thaïs [from the novel by Anatole FRANCE, created on March 16, 1894 at the Paris Opera]. These letters testify to the extreme attention the composer paid to the sets and lighting, even as he was finishing the ballets in his work. Originally intended for the Opéra-Comique, Massenet was to adapt Thaïs to the requirements of the Palais Garnier, after its principal interpreter, Sibyl Sanderson, left the Opéra-Comique following a dispute with Carvalho over her fees]. Here we are talking about Anatole France, the director Alexandre Lapissida, the decorators Marcel Jambon and Eugène Carpezat, and the music publisher Heugel].

Pont-de-l'Arche July 10. "I've been working and soon I'll bring back the sketch of the ballets - a sketch that promises a series of very interesting sensations to stage. - We will never have done anything more "found" "... He will return to Paris to see the directors; he hopes that the models will be ready. " Ah! The ballet - (better than that!) in the dream setting!! - With the end ... in a dream, at last !. - As long as this ending... is suitable - there is an incredible feeling if it is in the setting... - I would like you to hear the music !!! "... Paris 18 July. "I "imagine" that you will work on the legends to be placed above the ballet music. [...] I would like to consult you for the setting with the music.

- Don't forget to mention also the indications that can be used by the ballet master for the props &a "... - He went to the Louvre: " thanks to a walk with the curator of the Egyptian Museum I saw some very useful things to use in Thaïs. Ah, if Carpezat could be inspired by them! - His house in Nicias is quite pale, quite naked... It is little in the character of that time. - Yesterday I saw "Isis" which ar
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