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Extremely popular in his day, French composer Jules Massenet (1842-1912) composed numerous operas, of which Manon is considered his masterpiece. The work premiered at the Operra-Comique in Paris in 1884, securing Massenet's position as the leading French opera composer of his time. Offering an abundance of suave, sensuous melody, and what d'Indy called a "discreet and semi-religious eroticism," this opera has been a staple of the repertoire for over 100 years. The roles of Manon and Des Grieux have attracted many of the world's greatest singers, and the opera is still frequently heard and recorded (Schwann lists 15 recordings of the complete opera and selections). Music and opera lovers will delight in this attractive, inexpensive edition of the complete full score, reproduced from an authoritative French edition.

Unabridged republication of Manon/Opera Comique en 3 Actes et 6 Tableaux/de MM Henri Meilbac & Philippe Gille/Musique de J Massenet, Heugel & Cie, Paris: "Nouvelle Edition, 1895." Credits & Characters. Instrumentation. 432pp. 9::x 12::.

October 1997 29871-X Paperbd.

Reprinted from Dover Fall 1997 catalog.
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