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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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(p.135) 7 ThaÏs
French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Massenet's ThaÏs. According to Louis Gallet's preface to the first edition of the ThaÏs libretto, Massenet made an exceptional request when they started the project: he asked for a prose libretto. The composer thereby threw his hat into the ring of a polemic that attracted enough attention in the press at the fin de siècle to warrant an overview of the main positions here; text setting, moreover, inevitably had implications for the definition of national musical territory.

Keywords:   Massenet, French opera, prose libretto, Louis Gallet

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