Meditation from "Thais"
Jules Massenet (arr. A.A. Harding)
Year: 1894 / 1951
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.
For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion (4 players), including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Orchestra Bells
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
Massenet’s opera Thaïs is based on the novel by Anatole France. In its original form, the Meditation is a violin solo between the third and fourth scenes of the opera. The band arrangement features a flute solo or section.
- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music
Massenet's romantic opera Thaïs was produced in Paris in 1894. The story is set in Thebes, Egypt, where Thaïs, a beautiful courtesan, rules the city of Alexandria by the power of her charms.
In the Meditation, originally a violin solo accompanied by a small orchestra including two harps, Massenet vividly captures the sense of allure and charm with which Thaïs beguiles her suitors, her wiles personifying the struggled between the higher and lower nature of the human race.
- Program Note from score
Thaïs, written in 1894, was the most popular of Massenet's many operas. The scene is laid in Egypt in the stormy period when Christianity was battling with paganism for supremacy, and the plot concerns the monk Athanel's attempts to convert the Egyptian priestess Thaïs to Christianity. He succeeds in his mission, but tragedy results for both when the monk falls in love with Thaïs.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
- Audio CD: Langham Creek High School Symphonic Band (Scott McAdow, conductor) – 2000
- Georgia: VI
- Louisiana: III
- Texas: III. Complete
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.) University Band (Richard Fischer, conductor) - 28 September 2018
- Langham Creek High School (Houston,Tx.) Symphonic Band (Scott McAdow, conductor) – 24 December 2000 (2000 Midwest Clinic)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Air Alsacien (arr. Erickson)
- Cendrillon (arr. Odom) (1886/)
- The Last Dream of the Virgin
- Le Cid (tr. Odom) (1885/1975)
- Le Cid (tr. Reynolds) (1885/1985)
- Meditation from the Opera "Thaïs" (arr. Brand) (1894/2006)
- Meditation from "Thaïs" (arr. Harding) (1894/1951)
- Parade Militaire
- Phèdre Overture (tr. Cailliet) (1873/1965)
- Scènes Napolitaines (arr. Laurendeau) (1864-75?/1915)
- Scenes Pittoresques
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Jules Massenet." Accessed 21 November 2014
- Massenet, J.; Harding, A. . Meditation: From Thais [score]. Neil A. Kjos: Park Ridge, Ill.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 411.