Jules Massenet

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Jules Massenet


Jules Massenet (12 May 1842, Montaud, France - 13 August 1912, Paris) was a French composer.

He was born with an unusual gift for music and received his earliest training from his mother, a piano teacher. He was accepted at the Paris Conservatory at the tender age of 11 and encountered continual success, eventually obtaining the Prix de Rome in 1863 with his cantata David Rizzio. Generally favored by his musical contemporaries and the public, Massenet enjoyed the rare privilege of recognition during his entire lifetime. He was appointed professor of advanced composition at the Paris Conservatory in 1878, where he served until his death, and he was the youngest member ever to be elected to the Acadèmie des Beaux Arts. Decorated by the Legion of Honor, he became a grand officer in 1899.

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