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In October Palazzetto Bru Zane dedicates a Festival to Jules Massenet
di Davide Carbone

Jules Massenet, composer and teacher, has profoundly influenced French music, in such an evident way that it occasionally fades into the background. Seven concerts at Palazzetto Bru Zane retrace his creativity and life.

Quite the reserved type, Jules Massenet would probably be surprised upon knowing about a programme dedicated to him. We are not, though, for many of his disciples took their mentor’s vision well into the twentieth century: Gabriel Pierné, Xavier Leroux, Gustave Charpentier, Augustin Savard, the Hillemacher Brothers, Alfred Bruneau, Paul Vidal, Reynaldo Hahn, Henry Février, Florent Schmitt painted an image of a discreet artist who knew what he was capable of. Massenet was professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory and a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts since age thirty-six.

‘Eclecticism’ seems to be the key to understand his style. It suits every one of his pieces and his oeuvre overall. Subject-wise, Massenet explored history, from antiquity to modernity, and geography, from France to exotic locales. He composed tragedies, naturalist dramas, farces, and fantasy pieces. At Palazzetto Bru Zane, the first concert dedicated to him is From salon to the stage, a programme of opera arias and melodies for piano and voice. On the following day, a collection of piano pieces authored by Massenet before he dedicated heart and soul to symphony and melodrama.

Massenet, maestro del suo tempo
Dal 22 September 2022
Al 28 October 2022
Massenet, a must!

The art of vocal writing is the ultimate horizon of French musical teaching, as evidenced by this concert involving the soprano...

Saturday, 1 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

The art of vocal writing is the ultimate horizon of French musical teaching, as evidenced by this concert involving the soprano...

Saturday, 1 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

An excellent pianist, Massenet began writing for his instrument very early on before abandoning it to devote himself body and s...

Sunday, 2 October 2022
at 17:00
Massenet, a must!

An excellent pianist, Massenet began writing for his instrument very early on before abandoning it to devote himself body and s...

Sunday, 2 October 2022
at 17:00
Massenet, a must!

Although the French mélodie fully obtained its license of nobility under the Third Republic, in particular thanks to the works...

Thursday, 13 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Although the French mélodie fully obtained its license of nobility under the Third Republic, in particular thanks to the works...

Thursday, 13 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Alongside the classical forms which, in the eyes of the French, appear as the mark of Germanic aesthetics and a certain austeri...

Tuesday, 18 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Alongside the classical forms which, in the eyes of the French, appear as the mark of Germanic aesthetics and a certain austeri...

Tuesday, 18 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Jules Massenet has not written even a piece for solo violin, but this instrument has benefited from his production through tran...

Tuesday, 25 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

Jules Massenet has not written even a piece for solo violin, but this instrument has benefited from his production through tran...

Tuesday, 25 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

The piano can become a vehicle for traveling, both in time and in distant countries. Through pieces composed in 1867 and 1894, ...

Friday, 28 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, a must!

The piano can become a vehicle for traveling, both in time and in distant countries. Through pieces composed in 1867 and 1894, ...

Friday, 28 October 2022
at 19:30
Massenet, the charm of timeless music

Palazzetto Bru Zane, the house of French romantic music in Venice, opens after a brief summer vacation for a new season dedicat...

Massenet, the charm of timeless music

Palazzetto Bru Zane, the house of French romantic music in Venice, opens after a brief summer vacation for a new season dedicat...