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1884

Premiere of Massenet's opera Manon

19 January 1884

Manon, the five-act comic opera by Jules Massenet was given its premiere in Paris. A quintessential Belle Époque masterpiece, the opera is based on the novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lascaut by the Abbé Prévost. Massenet also wrote Le Portrait de Manon, the one-act comic opera, which was premiered ten years later. It is closely related to Manon, however it is rarely performed today.

    'Werther': Was Bin Ich Aufgewacht (Pourquoi Me Reveiller?)

    25a. Rezitativ (Evangelist) "Allda kreuzigten sie ihn" - 25b. Chorus "Schreibe nicht: der Jüden König" - 25c. Rezitativ (Evangelist) "Pilatus antwortet"

    'Manon': Io Son Sol... Ah! Dispar Vision

    25a. Rezitativ (Evangelist) "Allda kreuzigten sie ihn" - 25b. Chorus "Schreibe nicht: der Jüden König" - 25c. Rezitativ (Evangelist) "Pilatus antwortet"

    Meditation (Thaïs)

    25a. Rezitativ (Evangelist) "Allda kreuzigten sie ihn" - 25b. Chorus "Schreibe nicht: der Jüden König" - 25c. Rezitativ (Evangelist) "Pilatus antwortet"

 

1873

Premiere of Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto

19 January 1873

Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 was premiered at the Paris Conservatoire with August Tolbecque as soloist. Saint-Saëns broke with convention in terms of the structure of the concerto: instead of presenting it in the usual three-movement concerto form, he composed it in one continuous movement in which three distinct sections share very closely interrelated ideas.

    I. Allegro non troppo

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    II. Allegretto con moto

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    III. Allegro non troppo

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1787

Premiere of Mozart's Prague Symphony

19 January 1787

Wolfgang-Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, "Prague" was premiered in Prague, during Mozart's first visit to the Czech city.

    I. Allegro con spirito

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    II. Andante

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    III. Menuetto

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