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Last Sleep of the Virgin, The (Massenet)

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 2:20
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2006

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    A short, melting example of why the music of Jules Massenet was so respected and admired in his native France during his lifetime. The Last Sleep of the Virgin is from the oratorio La Viege and was originally for string orchestra. This masterful arrangement will provide a delightful moment of quiet beauty on your program.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 3 | Duration: 2:20

    Instrumentation
    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    Oboe*
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet*
    Bassoon*
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone*
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone*
    Bb Tenor Saxophone*
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone*
    Euphonium
    TC Baritone
    Tuba

    String Bass

    Parts marked with and asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Nestling within the pages of La Viege, an Oratorio written in 1880 but with no evidence of a full performance, is to be found The Last Sleep of the Virgin, a short melting example of why the music of Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was so highly respected and admired in his native France during his lifetime.

    Massenet composed more than 40 operas, including Herodiade, Manon, Le Cid, and Thais, and his influence on French music was monumental.

    The Last Sleep of the Virgin was originally scored for string orchestra. This arrangement for woodwind and brass offers the opportunity for this gentle music to be heard in a different hue, whilst keeping its inherent beauty for the satisfaction of those performing it and sharing the experience as listeners.

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