7 L.A.S. "J. Massenet", "J.M." or initials, 1892-[early 1893?], to HIS GIRL JULIETTE (2 to her son-in-law Léon BESSAND); 17 and a half pages in-8, 6envelopes.
Letters to his daughter at the time of the composition of Thaïs.
Paris March 19, 1892. He leaves Thaïs to thank his daughter for her dispatch. "Yesterday evening I went to the French (to the armchairs) to see Par le glaive [de Richepin]. I thought you had seen that too. - Tonight, Manon, if the news is better? Carvalho was sorry yesterday because he knew that our Marguerite had the beginning of a bad cold. It's 11 o'clock - I haven't received anything, so that's a good sign? - I hear the rental is splendid. - Let's make the most of it because next week will be pitiful - we're playing Les Noces de Figaro - first-rate execution after Isaac's return ! [...] There's a lot of talk about the Manon de Porto-Riche that Réjane is going to play. Great feeling of repetition, they say ? For us it's nice ! - It's cheerful ! - My opinion is that in spite of everything we'll be better than the others and that the scenes in our opera are more interesting according to us than according to the novel - because Porto-Riche can't make Lescaut the cousin... but the brother and then it's disgusting! If he makes him the cousin, we will attack him with plagiarism "... April 12, 1892. Returning from the theatre "very sad and preoccupied", he was moved when he found his carnations: "I thank you very tenderly. - Your "old" father of 50 years "... [Neufchâtel en Bray July 1892?]. "I work in Thaïs - it keeps me busy and absorbs me - it's useful! "... Neufchâtel 15 July 1892. " We are here again for 48 hours, that is to say, tonight in Rouen no doubt, tomorrow in Pont-de-l'Arche. ...] I have worked a great deal in Thaïs..." Paris 25 November 1892, to his son-in-law in favor of Aimé Gros fils: "His father, who is director of the Conservatoire de musique de Lyon, is one