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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle$
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Steven Huebner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

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The Ascent of Massenet

The Ascent of Massenet

(p.25) 1 The Ascent of Massenet
French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Jules Massenet's rise to pre-eminence in French operatic culture. It cites the role of his teacher, Ambroise Thomas, who assumed a position of great influence by his appointment as director of the Conservatoire in 1871. It argues that in addition to obvious musical craft and facility, sheer industry also carried Massenet a long way. Massenet's various works are considered.

Keywords:   Jules Massenet, French opera, Ambroise Thomas, fin de siècle, Marie-Magdeleine

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