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An Evening in Ancient Times (1908) by Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939)
Musée de la Ville de Paris, Musée du Petit-Palais, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA68016
Recording details: February 2013
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2014
Total duration: 1 minutes 54 seconds

Sérénade, L29
First line:
Las! Colombine a fermé le volet
early 1882; dedicated to Marie-Blanche Vasnier
author of text

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October 2014 Release

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Sérénade, dedicated to Mme Vasnier, is an example of the fantastical Debussy, later evident in the movement ‘Jeux de vagues’ in La mer, in the ballet Jeux and in Préludes such as La danse de Puck and General Lavine. He picks up early on the presence of a guitar, and there’s drama again in the second attempt at ‘Arlequin chante’—in a foreign key!

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

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