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MASSENET Jules - Autograph Letter Signed 1907 and associated documents

  • £325.00

Jules MASSENET (1842-1912)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Massenet”) to his biographer Louis Schneider, saying that he envies him for having known Cormatin, and will soon be back in Paris.

1 page 8vo in French, together with autograph envelope, Egreville, 25 September 1907. 

Trans: “Your despatch has just been returned to me via the post and I envy you that you have known Cormatin! I will soon return to Paris and as soon [as I am there] I will let you know . . . gladly.”

The chateau of Cormatin, owned by Raoul Gunzberg, director of the Monte Carlo Opera, was the site of operatic performances every summer in its park, under the baton of Massenet.

Together with an Autograph Letter Signed from Frank Bentano to Jean Farger, praising Massenet.
1 page 8vo in French, together with the autograph envelope, Montfenil, 21 May 1946.

Trans: “Massenet is worthy of being placed in the light and the clearest of lights, as is Gounod . . . for he has remained profoundly and essentially a French musician. . . When one has the honour to be French, it should be music with a French soul. . .”

Together with an Autograph Letter Signed (“PinLévêque”?) to an unidentified correspondent. 1½ pages 8vo in French, Bibliothèque Publique, Saint-Etienne, 12 December 1944.

Trans: “I am afraid that I can give you no information concerning Massenet’s childhood. His time in Saint Etienne was too brief for any trace of it to have survived. His birth certificate and his baptismal certificate and the only documents retained in our archives. . . “

Together with an Autograph Letter Signed “Failliot” to an unidentified correspondent, responding to a query about Massenet. 1½ pages in French, n.p., 28 May 1947.

Together with a “copie conforme” of the burial record for Massenet, stamped “Diocese de Meaux – Egreville” and signed. 2 pages 4to in French, Egreville, 15 March 1948.

Massenet’s biographer had evidently requested a certified copy of the burial certificate from the diocesan archives.

Trans: “. . . The funeral, according to the deceased’s wishes in his will, were strictly private.

The people of Egreville expressed their sympathy by assisting at the funeral in large numbers. . .”

Together with a “copie conforme” of the burial record for Louise Constance de Gressy, stamped “Diocese de Meaux – Egreville” and signed. 1 page 4to in French, Egreville, 15 March 1948.

Together with a black and white postcard image of the Chateau d’Egreville.

 

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