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Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Price: $385.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

One page autographed letter signed to a female singer, Paris, October 26, 1879.  We offer with a 3.5” x 5” original youthful Woodbury-Type photograph of the composer contemporary to the letter.

Massenet tells the singer, Certainly, Madamoiselle I retain the most sympathetic memory of your talent and your performance….. He then invites her to visit with him at the home of a Madame Capron, giving her the address on the Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris.

Massenet was thirty seven at the time of his letter and was just seeing the first success of the fruits of his labor.  La Roi de Lahore had been premiered at the Paris opera in April of 1877 and was a huge success going international shortly after the first Paris run.  He moved to larger quarters in October, 1879 at 38 Rue du Général Foy and commenced writing his new opera for the 1881 season, “Herodiade”.  He discussed this same month presenting the new opera at La Scala with baritone Francesco Pandolfini.  He finished the initial score in December of 1879 and began orchestrating it in January of 1880.

While prolific in writing, earlier Massenet material tends to be much rarer than later in his career.

Original letter folds and a few foxing marks, else fine.  The photograph is pristine.

           JULES MASSENET - COMPOSER
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