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Paysage sentimental, L55

First line:
Le ciel d'hiver, si doux, si triste, si dormant
composer
between September 1883 and February 1884; dedicated to Marie-Blanche Vasnier
author of text
from Les aveux, published in 1882

 
The title Paysage sentimental has nothing to do with sentimentality, the adjective referring instead to the conceit that the scenery reflects, or may even inspire, the emotions of the two lovers—a notion omnipresent in the Verlaine poems which Debussy had already begun to set. The two words ‘heureux mélancoliquement’ underline the dual, conflicted nature of the lover’s feelings, prefigured in the piano’s opening minor 3rd and 6th within the major mode.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

Le titre Paysage sentimental n’a rien à voir avec la sentimentalité, l’adjectif se référant plutôt à la prétention qu’a le paysage de refléter, voire s’inspirer, les émotions des deux amants—une notion omniprésente dans les poèmes verlainiens que Debussy avait déjà commencé à mettre en musique. Les mots «heureux mélancoliquement» soulignent la nature double, conflictuelle des sentiments éprouvés par les deux amants et que préfigure, au piano, la tierce et sixte mineure inaugurale sise au sein du mode majeur.

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

Recordings

Debussy: Songs, Vol. 3
Studio Master: CDA68016Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2014
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201410Download-only monthly sampler

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Track 26 on CDA68016 [3'04]
Track 4 on HYP201410 [3'04] Download-only monthly sampler

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