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Le lilas, L36

First line:
Ô floraison divine du lilas
early 1882
author of text
after Clément Marot

In Le lilas, not specifically dedicated to Mme Vasnier despite the unaccompanied high B in the last line, Debussy gets away from strophic settings and gives us a song without any repeated music, though for his own musical reasons he does repeat two of Banville’s lines—no possibility of causing the poet offence since this song, like all his Banville ones except Nuit d’étoiles, remained unpublished until well into the twentieth century.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

Dans Le lilas, qui n’est pas expressément dédié à Mme Vasnier, malgré le si aigu non accompagné du dernier vers, il délaisse la forme strophique pour une mélodie dénuée de toute répétition, même si, pour des raisons musicales qui lui sont propres, il redit deux vers de Banville—lequel ne risquait pas d’en prendre ombrage, puisqu’aucune des pièces debussystes qu’il inspira (hormis Nuit d’étoiles) ne parut avant le XXe siècle.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2014
Français: Hypérion


Debussy: Songs, Vol. 3
Studio Master: CDA68016Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 19 on CDA68016 [1'59]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68016 track 19

Recording date
15 February 2013
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Debussy: Songs, Vol. 3 (CDA68016)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: October 2014
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