Sheet Music: Elégie

from Dix pièces de genre
Alternate titlesMélodie from Dix pièces de genre
Elégie jouée dans les Erynnies
O doux printemps d'autrefois
Opus numberOp. 10, No. 5
ComposerJules Massenet (1842–1912)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyE minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo48 BPM
Performance time2:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-05-15
Last updated2010-05-15
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Saturday 15 May 2010

Tune of the Day: Elégie

by Jules Massenet

This piece was perhaps one of the most popular melodies in Europe of the fin de siècle, the last decades of the nineteenth century, often referred to as the Belle Epoque (literally, “Beautiful Era”). Massenet originally composed “Élégie” in 1866 for a piano cycle titled Dix pièces de genre. In 1872, he incorporated the piece into Les Erinnyes (The Furies), a play by Leconte de Lisle.

“Elégie” gained even greater renown as a song for voice and piano, set to a poem by Louis Gallet, with the title “O doux printemps d'autrefois” (“O sweet spring of days long ago“).