No 1: En sourdine Calmes dans le demi-jour
No 2: Fantoches Scaramouche et Pulcinella
No 3: Clair de lune Votre âme est un paysage choisi
He was happiest with Fantoches, in which a good deal of the original survives, though the finely graded diminuendo of the ending is new, foreshadowing similar endings in works such as Fêtes from the Nocturnes. But En sourdine and Clair de lune are almost entirely fresh, employing a far more adventurous harmonic palette than had been available to him a decade earlier, blending modality and chromaticism in equal measure. Whereas Fantoches is all energy and sparkle, the two outer songs float timelessly, allowing us to savour the famous ‘musicality’ of Verlaine’s poetry.
from notes by Roger Nichols © 2012