Autograph letter signed "J. Massenet" to an unidentified male correspondent
by MASSENET, Jules 1842-1912
Massenet was "the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th... [His] place in the history of French music is secure, for although he is not to be bracketed with Berlioz or Debussy or even Bizet, he generously satisfied the tastes of the 'belle époque' and retained his standing as a master of the lyric stage for well over a generation." Hugh MacDonald in Grove Music Online.. 3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Paris, August 20, 85. In French (with translation). Massenet has just returned to bleak reality after a dream-like voyage. In spite of his worries, he would like to thank his correspondent for his kindness, and hopes to see him soon in Paris. "The dream that was this voyage is over! The reality which is the return begins!!... Often [there is] such sadness... don't you agree?" Slightly worn, browned, and soiled; creased at folds, with small holes and foxing to central fold. (Inventory #: 23331)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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