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Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans, L99

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‘Caplet, vous n’êtes qu’un vilain’, comme disait Charles d’Orléans en parlant de L’Yver’—thus Debussy wrote in a letter to his friend André Caplet in 1908, some evidence, perhaps, that France’s great fifteenth-century poet was in his thoughts. In the same year he wrote the second of the Trois chansons, Nos 1 and 3 having been written earlier, in 1898. They were published as a set in 1909, Debussy himself conducting the première in Paris. A minor puzzle has always surrounded the solo in No 2: the published edition (presumably overseen by the composer) assigns it to a contralto, whereas the manuscript designates it for tenor, more appropriately since the speaker is clearly male. The three pieces make a varied and successful set; we can only regret that Debussy wrote no more for unaccompanied choir.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2002


Cambridge Singers A Cappella
CSCD509Download only
The Light Blues' Tour de France
A66059Archive Service (LP transfer)This album is not available for download


No 1: Dieu qu'il la fait bon regarder
Track 15 on CSCD509 [1'46] Download only
Track 1 on A66059 [1'48] Archive Service (LP transfer)
No 2: Quant j'ai ouy le tabourin
Track 16 on CSCD509 [2'00] Download only
Track 2 on A66059 [2'02] Archive Service (LP transfer)
No 3: Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain
Track 17 on CSCD509 [1'56] Download only
Track 3 on A66059 [1'40] Archive Service (LP transfer)

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