Offertoire pour orgue

and (direction scientifique)
Amandine Senser (édition scientifique)

(couverture de Offertoire pour orgue)
  • excerpts .pdf (153 KB)
  • sheet music pour orgue
  • 3 min
  • ISMN 979-0-2318-0882-7
  • 21 x 29.7 cm (3 mm thick)
  • stapled booklet
  • 8 pages
  • 50 g
  • Publisher : Symétrie
  • Public price t. incl. : €8.00
  • Publié avec le concours du département de Musique et Musicologie de l’UFR ALL – Metz de l’Université de Lorraine (master « Édition musicale et musicologie ») et du CRULH

After purchasing a summer residence at Pont-de-l’Arche in Normandy on 10 July 1891, Massenet became friend with Father Henri Hazé, the priest of Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Duclair parish. Born on 6 January 1854 in Elboeuf, Father Hazé was himself a musician, “an elevated nature, with a sense of curiosity, a warm heart, very inclined towards Art, and friend of the beautiful, under whichever form”. With “a very keen taste for religious music”, he published in 1894 a first set of organ pieces by a. o. d’Indy, Guilmant, Vierne or La Tombelle. In parallel, Hazé was preparing a second one, only achieved short before his death on 28 February 1895, but only published 3 years later by Henry Eymieux. We found no copy of this set in the public collections, but it was announced in the Revue musicale Sainte-Cécile of 1 July 1898. The biographic notices of the authors confirmed the possible date of this set including Massenet’s Offertoire: mention of Georges Mac-Maste’s death on 31 March 1898; appointment of Charles Tournemire as titular organist of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet from December 1897 to may 1898. But its composition was far anterior as the recently found manuscript during an auction in Deauville is dated and signed “Pont-de-l’Arche /summer 1894”. So Massenet composed his Offertoire right after the publishing of the first set and gave his manuscript to Father Hazé in a view to the publishing of a second set, as proven by that letter dated 15 September 1896: “Do you remember the offertoire written for late Father Hazé? I found the manuscript again and give it to you. The offertoire is about to be published.”

Amandine Senser
under the scientific direction of Jean-Christophe Branger et Nicolas Moron



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