♪Méditation (Thaïs) – Jules Massenet

Nathan Milstein plays Meditation from Thais

Méditation is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera was first premiered at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.

The Méditation is a symphonic entr’acte performed between the scenes of Act II in the opera Thaïs. In the first scene of Act II, Athanaël, a Cenobite monk, confronts Thaïs, a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan and devotée of Venus, and attempts to persuade her to leave her life of luxury and pleasure and find salvation through God. It is during a time of reflection following the encounter that the Méditation is played by the orchestra. In the second scene of Act II, following the Méditation, Thaïs tells Athanaël that she will follow him to the desert.
The piece is in D major and is approximately five minutes long (although there are a number of interpretations that stretch the piece to over six minutes). Massenet may also have written the piece with religious intentions; the tempo marking is Andante Religioso, signifying his intention that it should be played religiously (which could mean either strictly in the tempo or literally with religiously-founded emotion) and at walking tempo. The piece opens with a short introduction by the harps, with the solo violin quickly entering with the motif. After the violin plays the melody twice, the piece goes into a section marked animato, gradually becoming more and more passionate (Massenet wrote poco a poco appassionato). The climax is reached at a place marked poco piu appassionato (a little more passion) and is then followed by a short cadenza-like passage from the soloist and returns to the main theme. After the theme is played twice, the soloist joins the orchestra while playing harmonics on the upper register as the harps and strings quietly play below the solo line.

The Méditation from Thaïs is considered to be one of the great encore pieces; world-class violin soloists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, and Maxim Vengerov have performed the piece as soloists with major orchestras throughout the world. The Méditation has been transcribed for violin and piano and for other instruments as well. The cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott have recorded a version for cello and piano by Jules Delsart; the flautist James Galway, the euphoniumist Adam Frey, and trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov have also performed and recorded separate versions on their respective instruments, each with orchestral accompaniment.

Drug-resistant superbug infections explode across U.S. hospitals: 500% increase foreshadows ‘new plague’ caused by modern medicine

There are no killer diseases, only ignorance. ALL diseases can be cured by natural remedies which have been suppressed due to greed. Raw Cannabis can cure pretty much everything, which was in every physician’s bag (tincture & salves) in the 18th/ 19th centuries. Big pharma eliminated that option from us!

Court victories keep fracking out!

 

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Big news! In just the last two weeks there’ve been two major court victories in the fight to keep New York fracking-free!

First, the Court of Appeals agreed that cities and towns can ban fracking within their limits. And just this week, with the help of our Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the State Supreme Court dismissed two lawsuits by pro-frackersthat tried to stop the state’s ongoing review of the environmental and health impacts of fracking.

Momentum is on our side, and with partners like Attorney General Schneiderman, we can win. Can you take a moment right now to thank AG Schneiderman for his efforts to protect New Yorkers?

Click here to send Attorney General Eric Schneiderman a thank you message now!

Attorney General Schneiderman’s office led the charge against the oil and gas industry in court. Now, the State’s review of fracking risks can continue for as long as it needs to.

More and more evidence pours in every day proving the dangers of fracking. Last week, a group of experts called the Concerned Health Professionals of New York released a huge set of peer-reviewed studies and research reports about the health impacts, risks and harms of fracking. If you still have any questions about what fracking will mean for New York, you’ll find the answers in here.

We know the evidence is overwhelming.

As Schneiderman said: “New Yorkers are rightly concerned about studies showing the environmental risks associated with hydrofracking.

If the state takes the time and does a thorough environmental review, it won’t be able to allow fracking. It’s just too dirty, to dangerous and a threat to public health. And our economy will suffer, too.

Join us today in thanking Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for standing up for New Yorkers against those who want to cash in our communities for their own profits. Click here to send him an email saying thanks!

Thanks for all you do,

Karen Scharff
Executive Director
Citizen Action of New York