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Deux mélodies inédites du bestiaire, FP15b

composer
1918
author of text

 
Poulenc set six further Bestiaire poems in 1918: of these Le bœuf, La mouche and La tortue have disappeared. La puce was reworked in 1960 as a tribute to Raoul Dufy, and La souris was newly composed in 1956. Le serpent and La colombe reappeared in 1944, not as published works, but as miniatures copied out for a friend. In the absence of an extant autograph of the twelve songs from 1918, it is not clear whether Poulenc changed or revised them as he did so. Le serpent is cast as a mock-seductive cancan in Satie’s cabaret style; the chromatic vocal line of La colombe is woven around a static and strangely hypnotic accompaniment that evokes the cooing of doves. ‘Marie’ refers to the poet’s beloved, the painter Marie Laurencin. The composer was probably wise to cut from his printed cycle a song where requiring singers to intone ‘Jésus-Christ’ in this somewhat facetious context would have lessened the work’s popular appeal.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

Recordings

Poulenc: The Complete Songs
CDA68021/44CDs for the price of 3
Poulenc: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4
Studio Master: SIGCD323Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

No 1: Le serpent  Tu t’acharnes sur la beauté
Track 8 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [0'33] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 7 on SIGCD323 [0'31] Download only
No 2: La colombe  Colombe, l’amour et l’esprit
Track 9 on CDA68021/4 CD3 [0'42] 4CDs for the price of 3
Track 9 on SIGCD323 [0'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA68021/4 disc 3 track 9

La colombe
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-13-02309
Duration
0'42
Recording date
5 January 2012
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Poulenc: The Complete Songs (CDA68021/4)
    Disc 3 Track 9
    Release date: October 2013
    4CDs for the price of 3
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