Jules Massenet (1842–1912) was a French composer who composed many forms of music, but whose enduring fame rests with his operas. One of those operas is called "Thaïs" and it is based on a story set in ancient Egypt under Roman rule, where Thaïs is a courtesan who becomes a saint. The opera features an instrumental movement called "Méditation" which ironically has become one of the composer's best known pieces. It is during this meditation that Thais decides to change her religious outlook and convert. Although written as part of the opera, "Méditation" has become a concert piece frequently played and recorded on its own. The original version of Meditation was for solo violin and orchestra, though the work is frequently heard in a slimmed-down version for Violin and Piano. The arrangement presented here is for Cello and Piano, and closely follows the Violin version though played lower to suit the different range of a Cello. (Other arrangements of Meditation on mfiles include the original Violin and Piano and one for Piano Solo.) For the Cello and Piano arrangement you can download the sheet music score/piano part or the solo cello part using the links in the left-hand menu, while a video and various audio options and downloads are shown below:
Here is a video of Jules Massenet Meditation from Thais, cello & piano:
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