Hauser: Meditation from Thais (Massenet)

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, 1865-1953) La fantaisie orientale, signed and dated ‘L. Lévy Dhurmer 1921’ (lower left), oil on canvas, 74 x 78½ in. (187.9 x 199.3 cm.), Image Source: Christie’s

“Méditation” is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera premiered at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.

The Méditation is an instrumental entr’acte performed between the scenes of Act II in the opera Thaïs. In the first scene of Act II, Athanaël, a Cenobite monk, confronts Thaïs, a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan and devotée of Venus, and attempts to persuade her to leave her life of luxury and pleasure and find salvation through God. It is during a time of reflection following the encounter that the Méditation is played by the orchestra.”

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Stjepan Hauser performing Meditation from the opera Thais, by Jules Massenet with the Zagreb Soloists at 2CELLOS classical concert at the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, June 2015.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. A beautiful piece to wake up to! Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Good morning, Sheila – I am pleased you enjoyed this. 🙂

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  2. lampmagician says:

    Really true and beautiful! Thank you. 🤗🙏💖

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    1. My pleasure, Aladin! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful art and music, thank you for posting.

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    1. My pleasure, Liz. I appreciate your visit! 🙂

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  4. Weeping here… oh thank you for this… I did not grow up with classical music so it is usually by accident that I discover a piece – and a musician – that fills my heart. I have added this to my playlist 🙂🙏💕

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    1. I feel like I’ve added a jewel to my treasure chest each time I meet a new (to me) piece of music like this one. I am pleased your enjoy it, too, Patti. ❤️

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