MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autograph, La Chevrière, choir with solo, 1901; 1 title page and 57 pages in folio, bound on green wax cloth spine, marbled paper covers with title label oncover.
Choir with solo in orchestral version.
This "little rustic tale" for choir (women's voices) and solo with piano accompaniment, based on a poem by Édouard Noël, was composed and published by Heugel in 1895. In 1901, Massenet produced a version with orchestra, premiered by Miss Van Gelder on December 8, 1901 under the direction of Georges
The manuscript of this orchestral score is written in brown ink on 20-line paper. It is dated at the end: "Égreville sept. 1901". It was used as a conductor, as shown by the black pencil or blue pencil annotations. It presents some corrections by scraping; pages 42-52 (corresponding to a repeat of 56 bars) are from the hand of a copyist
This "chorus with solo" is in B flat major, 6/8, Allegro moderato. It features the solo soprano and choir (sopranos and contraltos); incipit: "La chevrière. Rustic little tale. Blaise told me, with a winning air, that he was giving me his heart ".... The orchestra includes: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, timpani, triangle, and strings.