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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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ThaÏs

ThaÏs

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0008

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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