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Ŕ l'ombres des bosquets chante un jeune počte by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891)
Reproduced by permission of The Wallace Collection, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA66856
Recording details: January 1996
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: January 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 9 seconds

Marquise, vous souvenez-vous?
composer
1869
author of text
Menuet from 'Le Cahier rouge'

Introduction
This is one of the many pastiche songs of former times that almost every composer of the mélodie has written at some time or another, including Ravel in his Marot settings, and Poulenc in his À sa guitare and Priez pour paix. This is an early (1869) essay in minuet music from the times of Louis XV—the sort of thing that Massenet also did well, although this song predates Manon by nearly twenty years. The accompaniment here is scrupulously kept in three parts as if it were conceived for a small group of instrumentalists providing background music for a fête champêtre.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1997

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