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Je suis seul

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Jules Massenet




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Le Chevalier des Grieux





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Manon, Je suis seul!... Ah! fuyez, douce image. Jussi Björling. Jules Massenet

Singer: Jussi Björling

Jules (Émile Frédéric) Massenet (May 12, 1842 -- August 13, 1912) was a French composer best known for his operas. His compositions were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, his style fell out of favor not long after his death; and, except Manon, his works were rarely performed. Since the mid-1970s, many of his operas have seen periodic revivals. Massenet was born in Montaud, then an outlying hamlet and now a part of the city of Saint-Étienne, in the Loire. When he was eleven his family moved to Paris so that he could study at the Conservatoire there. To support himself at that time he worked as timpanist for six years at the opera house. In 1862 he won the Grand Prix de Rome and spent three years in Rome. His first opera was a one-act production at the Opéra-Comique in 1867, but it was his dramatic oratorio Marie-Magdeleine that won him praise from the likes of Tchaikovsky and Gounod.
Massenet took a break from his composing to serve as a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War, but returned to his art following the end of the conflict in 1871. From 1878 he was professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory where his pupils included Gustave Charpentier, Reynaldo Hahn and Charles Koechlin. His greatest successes were Manon in 1884, Werther in 1892, and Thaïs in 1894. Notable later operas were Le jongleur de Notre-Dame, produced in 1902, and Don Quichotte, produced in Monte Carlo 1910, with the legendary Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin in the title-role. In addition to his operas, he also composed concert suites, ballet music, oratorios and cantatas and about two hundred songs. Some of his non-vocal output has achieved widespread popularity, and is commonly performed: for example the Méditation religieuse from Thaïs, which is a violin solo with orchestra, as well as the Aragonaise, from his opera Le Cid and Élégie for solo piano. The latter two pieces are commonly played by piano students.
• Les deux boursiers (lost) - 1859
• Esmerelda (lost) - 1865
• Noureddin (lost) - 1865
• Valéria (lost) - 1865
• La grand'tante - 1867
• La coupe du roi de Thulé (lost, portions used in Le roi de Lahore) - 1867
• Le Florentin (lost) - 1868
• Manfred (incomplete) - 1869
• Méduse (incomplete) - 1870
• Don César de Bazan - 1872
• L'adorable bel'-Boul' (destroyed) - 1874
• Les templiers (lost) - 1875
• Bérangère et Anatole (suppressed by the composer) - 1876
• Le roi de Lahore - 1877
• Robert de France (lost) - 1880
• Hérodiade - 1881
• Les Girondins (lost) - 1881
• Montalte (lost) - 1883
• Manon - 1884
• Le Cid - 1885
• Esclarmonde - 1889
• Le Mage - 1891
• Werther - 1892
• Kassya (completion and orchestration of opera by Léo Delibes) - 1893
• Thaïs - 1894
• Le portrait de Manon - 1894
• La Navarraise - 1894
• Sapho - 1897
• Cendrillon - 1899
• Grisélidis - 1901
• Le jongleur de Notre-Dame - 1902
• Chérubin - 1905
• Ariane - 1906
• Thérèse - 1907
• Bacchus - 1909
• Don Quichotte - 1910
• Roma - 1912
• Panurge - 1913
• Cléopâtre - 1914
• Amadis - 1922

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Je suis seul! Seul enfin!
C'evt le moment suprême!
Il n'est plus rien que j'aime
que le repos sacré que m'apporte la foi!
Oui, j'ai voulu mettre Die même
entre le monde et moi !
Ah! fuyez, douce image, à mon âme trop chère;
respectez un repos cruellement gagné,
et songez si j'ai bu dans une voupe amère.
que mon cœur l'emplirait de ce qu'il a saigné!
Ah! fuyez! fuyez! loin de moi!
Que m'importe la vie et ce semblant de gloire?
Je ne veux que chasser du fond de ma mémoire...
Un nom maudit! … ce nom … qui m'obsède, et pourquoi?

C'est l'office.

J'y vais!... Mon Dieu!
De votre flamme
purifiez mon âme...
Et dissipez à sa lueur
l'ombre qui passe encor dans le fond de mon cœur!...
Ah! fuyez, douce image, à mon âme trop chère!
Ah fuyez! fuyez! loin de moi! etc.
Il sort.

Il est jeune … et sa foi semble sincère …
il a fait grand émoi parmi les plus belles de nos fidèles!

English Libretto or Translation:

I am alone! At last alone!
It is the supreme moment!
There is nothing more that I want
except the sacred calm that my faith brings me.
Yes, I have sought to place God himself
between the world and me.
Ah! Vanish sweet memory too dear to my heart;
respect a calm won through much suffering,
and remember that if I have tasted of a bitter cup,
my heart could fill it full with the blood it has shed!
Ah! Vanish, vanish, go far from me!
Life itself and sham glory mean nothing to me.
I want only to expel from the depths of my memory...
A cursed name!... this name... which obsesses me, and why?

The service is beginning.

I'm on my way... Heavenly Father!
With Your fire
purify my soul!
and by its light dispel
the shadow that still lurks in the depths of my heart!
Ah! Vanish, sweet memory, too dear to my heart.
Vanish, vanish, go far away from me! etc.

He is young... and his faith appears sincere...
He created a great stir among the most
beautiful ladies among our faithful!

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