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Paysage sentimental, L55
First line:
Le ciel d'hiver, si doux, si triste, si dormant
between September 1883 and February 1884; dedicated to Marie-Blanche Vasnier
author of text
from Les aveux, published in 1882

'Debussy: Songs, Vol. 3' (CDA68016)
Debussy: Songs, Vol. 3
Pre-order CD by post £10.50 CDA68016  29 September 2014 Release  
'Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2014' (HYP201410)
Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2014
HYP201410  Download-only monthly sampler 29 September 2014 Release  
Track 26 on CDA68016 [3'04] 29 September 2014 Release
Track 4 on HYP201410 [3'04] Download-only monthly sampler 29 September 2014 Release

Paysage sentimental, L55
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

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