CA ON00389 C8-4-31
A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Louis Gallet
- 1894 (Creation)
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- A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Louis Gallet (1835-1898), Médan, 20 September 1894, 2 p.
Zola wants to let Gallet know that he has just finished writing the libretto of a lyric opera [Messidor] with the musician Alfred Bruneau, before Gallet reads the news in the papers. Zola explains that since the work is in prose, not poetry, he did not call upon Gallet for his collaboration. He knows that Gallet will be delighted for his friend Bruneau and asks him to keep the news secret until it appears in the newspapers. Zola will be back in Paris on October 8, and will leave for Rome at the beginning of November. Invites Gallet to come for a visit before he leaves for Italy.
Zola composed the libretto for the lyric opera in March-April 1894, but the work was not performed until 1897, when it premiered at the Opéra (Palais Garnier) on 19 February. The libretto was published by Choudens in 1897 and, in 1921, in Fasquelle’s edition of Zola’s Poèmes lyriques.
Published in Correspondance, vol. VIII, page 162-163 (letter 121).
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