Jules Emile Frederic Massenet, composer, was born on May 12, 1842 in Montaud, St. Etienne and died on August 13, 1912 in Paris, France. Because he lived at the end of the Romantic Period (1825-1900) in music and the beginning of the 20th Century, his music falls into both periods.
Comparing him to other composers in France, for example, he was born after César Frank (1822-1890) and Georges Bizet (1838-1875) but before Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Maurice Ravel (1875-1937).
Massenet taught composition at the Paris Conservatory from 1878 until his death and is known primarily as an Opera composer (he wrote 36). The opera Thaïs was written in 1894; this is an arrangement of the Violin solo of Meditation.
Vittorio Monti, violinist and composer, was born on January 6, 1868 in Naples, Italy and died on June 20, 1922 in Naples. He moved to Paris in 1886 where he worked first as a violinist in the Lamoureux Orchestra and from 1900 as director of a music hall orchestra.
In addition to composing, he also taught the Violin and Mandolin. He composed one Ballet and several Operettas and stage works but the Violin solo Csárdás was his most famous work. A Csárdás is an Hungarian dance, popular from 1840 to 1880, using simple duple time and frequent syncopations.
Solo Clarinet part - 9”X12” - 8 pages - $14.95
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- Meditation (4/4, Andante religioso, quarter = 72)
- Csárdás(NS) (has no stops - i. e., “wait for note”).
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