Massenet: Jules. Sheet music and Biography

By | July 6, 2021

Massenet Sheet Music

Black & White Photograph of Jules Massenet in 1880 by Pierre Petit
18 May 1842 – 13 August 1912

Jules Massenet (born 12 May 1842) is famous as a French operatic composer during the Romantic era.

We have a selection of his works arranged for different instruments on

He is best known for his operas Manon and Werther along with solo violin for the opera Thais.


His father was a metal worker and his mother was a composer and piano teacher. The family moved from Montaud near Saint-Étienne to Paris in 1847. Massenet entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of ten studying with Ambroise Thomas a famous operatic composer.


In 1863 Massenet won the Prix de Rome with the cantata ‘David Rizzio’, thus offering him the opportunity to travel and study in Italy.

Whilst there he was introduced to Franz Liszt who subsequently introduced him to his future wife Mademoiselle Sainte-Marie.

On returning to Paris in 1866 he received his first commission from the Opéra-Comique. After this, he continued to receive further commissions from the world’s leading opera houses, including the Vienna Hofoper and Covent Garden.

In 1877 he achieved his first great operatic success with ‘Le Roi de Lahore’ for the Paris Opéra.  The following year his former teacher Thomas invited him to teach at the Paris Conservatoire. Massenet achieved great success as a teacher. His students included Gustave Charpentier and Reynaldo Hahn both of whom won the Prix de Rome and Massenet mentored Hahn and became a life long friend.

Massenet was a prolific composer achieving twenty five published opeas. These included Le Cid, ‘Esclarmonde’, ‘Werther’, ‘Thaïs’, ‘Cendrillon’, ‘Chérubin’ and ‘Don Quichotte. not forgetting his score for the ballet Manon. His talent was extensive composing songs, music for ballets, orchestral works, chamber music, oratorios as well as works for solo piano.

He wrote an utobiography ‘Mes Souvenirs’ (1912 My Recollections’)

On 13 August 1912, he died in Paris at the age of seventy.

Massenet Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On music scores, we have ten arrangements of Massenet’s music, including various instrumental versions of his ‘Thais, Act 2 Meditation’ all in PF format.

For further reading on this composer why not take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica.

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