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THAÏS Selections from the Opera (score)

THAÏS
Selections from the Opera (score)



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Program Note

The opera "Thais" was completed in 1893. The premiere was not so well received, and after several years a Massenet revision found greater favor. This is a love story where emotions sway between 'saintly' and 'secular' hopes of the monk Athanael, who strongly wants to convert the courtesan Thais, who lives a life of abandon.
This arrangement consists of four main scenes. The final is the same as the end of the original opera, the reunion of Thais and Athanael. Thais trying to ascend to heaven and Athanael confessing his forbidden love are accompanied by the melody of “Meditation” and the sensual harmonies leading to the work’s climax.

Instrumentation

Piccolo
1st Flute
2nd Flute (div.)

1st & 2nd Oboes
English Horn
1st & 2nd Bassoons

Clarinet in Eb
1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
3rd Clarinet in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb

Soprano Saxophone in Bb
1st Alto Saxophone in Eb
2nd Alto Saxophone in Eb
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb
 
1st & 2nd Trumpets in Bb
(doub. 1st & 2nd Flugelhorns in Bb )
3rd Trumpet in Bb

1st & 2nd Horns in F
3rd & 4th Horns in F

1st & 2nd Trombones
3rd Trombone

Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)

String Bass

Harp

Choir

Timpani
 
1st Percussion
Wind Chime
Snare Drum
Castanet

2nd Percussion
Bass Drum
Antique Cymbal
Crash Cymbals

3rd Percussion
Triangle
Sleigh Bell
Glockenspiel
Tambourine

4th Percussion
Vibraphone
Chime
Marimba
Xylophone
Glockenspiel

5th Percussion
Suspended Cymbal
Tam-tam
Chime