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Jules Emile Frederic Massenet

Jules Emile Frederic Massenet (1842-1912)


Massenet was born in the Loire Valley and received his early musical education from his piano-teacher mother before studying at the Paris Conservatoire where his teachers included the composer Ambroise Thomas. In 1862 Massenet won the coveted Grand Prix de Rome (an award which his compatriots Berlioz and Ravel chased obsessively) for the cantata David Rizzio, but his real breakthrough came over a decade later with the dramatic oratorio Marie-Magdeleine.

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